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Theater and dance
2018.05.11

Interestingly without complaints! Governor, talk about the charm of the Kamome Short Theater Festival

The “Kanagawa Kamome Theater Festival (hereinafter referred to as“ Kamosai ”), which began in 2016, is a theater festival that features short films within 20 minutes. A variety of works selected from all over the country will be held in one hall and can be viewed at the same venue during the same period.
We asked Mr. Koji Kuroiwa, the governor of Kanagawa Prefecture, who is known as a cultural arts enthusiast, and Mr. Minoru Maruo, chairman of the Executive Committee, for his thoughts for the next event.

-In the 3rd "Komasai" held in January, you seem to be watching the works of all the participating groups.

Kuroiwa yes. It is not normal for the governor to see everything (laughs). However, it is a rare opportunity to meet the works of people you do not know on a regular basis. Moreover, the performance time is one 20 minutes. Because the story is completed in 20 minutes, there is a sense of tension that can not be missed even in a moment. Each one had a personality, and it was interesting without complaints.

It is often thought that Maruo theater is "a little expensive", and it is a burden of coursework to go out and watch a work of 2 hours or more. In that respect, “Kamosai”, a collection of works that can be enjoyed in a short time, can be the entrance to the theater. There are various genres and styles. "I didn't know this, but it was interesting to see this work."
Today's Japanese theater is mainly feature films, but from a historical point of view There have also been times when short dramas have gained popularity. The Imperial Theater used to have a form of performance called "Midori" that performed various short plays. It is the "green" of "Yoritori Midori". It seems that it was well received by tourists coming to Tokyo. I also think that "Makasai" may be heard throughout the country, saying "If you go to Kanagawa, you will see an interesting short-length drama." For that purpose, I would like to send out high-level works.

-You also play an important role in creating the attraction of Kanagawa.

In Kuroiwa Kanagawa Prefecture, we are working on “Magcal (Magnet Culture)” that attracts people with the attraction of cultural art and creates regional excitement. And "Kamsai" has the pleasure of discovering talent. You may think that you can easily make a short film, but in practice it requires a considerable amount of power. The power of the person writing the script, the power of the production, the power of the person performing. Finding new talent among people from all over the country is a great pleasure for us. And when you go to Kanagawa, you can think that young people have a chance to demonstrate their talents. It would be great if I could create such a cycle.

Maruo The other day, I went to Okinawa to serve as a jury member for short film. This is what the representative of the Okinawa team who participated in "Makasai" started by saying "Makasai is a wonderful work from Okinawa". I strongly felt the expectation of Kanagawa that "There is a chance for new encounters in Kanagawa, I really want to perform."

ff; ">-Are there any ideas in terms of operation?

Maruo Originally, since theater is a wide variety of things, there is a way of thinking that you should not score the work and evaluate it. However, the encounter with customers, judges, theaters, and other works that have no contact in daily activities leads to the improvement of the creators 'and viewers' opinions through the encounter with customers, judges, theaters, and other works. . We would like to cherish the perspective of "selecting" and not "looking at the top" but "I'll come to various works from various regions".

Kuroiwa This time the Korean team participated, but I'm conscious of internationalization from the beginning. Although there is a language barrier, it is possible to play an interesting play depending on the device such as putting out subtitles. In the first place, there is no rule that a play must have words. The goal of “Magcal” is that Kanagawa will be attracting attention from abroad in terms of art.

-How is your approach for the Rugby World Cup next year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games?

Many people from all over the world visit Japan to see the Kuroiwa Sports Festival. Some of you may also want to enjoy entertainment in your spare time. I would like those people to enjoy "Magcal".

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—Is it likely that there will be new initiatives in the fourth “Kakasai”?

Maruo This year we plan to establish the "Kanagawa Kamome Short Plays Award". The 20-minute short drama award will be the first in Japan. And, if there is a flow of award winning works being performed in "Kakasai" etc., writing will become more motivated and will lead to improvement of the quality of content. In the future, I think that it would be nice to have such an environment where you can always watch a short film at a permanent theater, not just a festival once a year.

Kuroiwa In the future, I would like to consider expanding the base further. For example, a citizen musical that is actively performed in various places. The creator is not a professional, but when it comes to "Do it!", The power is immeasurable. As I created a theater club in junior high school and belonged to a musical study group at Waseda, I have great expectations for the power and spread of entertainment. We will continue to promote Magcal on the basis of cultural arts events such as "Makasai".


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