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Low Fat Art Fest 2016 - Antigone/border-line

  • Organization : shelf
  • Section : International project
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Theater


We would like to think about political “behavior” that individuals or groups contain originally within themselves without choice. Not the political act itself but “political nature” intrinsic to our daily lives directly affects our mind and decision.
This piece consists mainly of two text: “Antigone” by Sophocles that illustrates the conflict between the ethical custom to bury dead and religious obligation fixed based on relation between the God and human and the law set by human; “A Left-Handed Commencement Address,” by Ursula K. Le Guin, the writer who promotes the renovation of world perspective from the side of minority based on feminism. We create at Tokyo and Bangkok simultaneously. In each creation, participants gather various texts and form it into one theater piece which will be performed in Bangkok.

Original works / “Antigone” by Sophocles, “A Left-Handed Commencement Address,” by Ursula K. Le Guin, and the others.
Artistic Director / Yasuhito YANO
Cast / Yuko KAWABUCHI, Mako MITSUHASI, Takashi OKITO. Yuhei YOKOTA, Gandhi WASUVITCHAYAGIT, Sumontha SUANPHOLRAT, and the other.
Costume designer / Yoko TAKEUCHI
Visual Artist / Taechit Jiro
Coordinator / Yuka EHARA
Producer, Festival Curator / Wasurat UNAPROM


We chose to represent the theme of a “book shelf,” which accumulates and mixes texts from different times and countries. shelf emphasizes speech, in other words, the nature of voice, accent and intonation of a text read by actors; its plays combine classical and modern drama. The style of shelf is recognized for its combination of a keen awareness of the contemporary and aesthetic sense of space and time with a performance style that radiates energy created by the actors’ silence on stage. One of shelf’s works, “GHOSTS-COMPOSITION/IBSEN” was invited to be part of the official program of the International Ibsen Festival 2014. We also just successfully finished an International Co-Production with artists in Thailand of shelf’s [deprived] in November 2015, as an official part of the Programme of Low Fat Art Fest 2015.


Yasuhito YANO
Supervisor, Artistic Director
3-9-6-102 Sakura-josui Setagaya-ku Tokyo 156-0045


Bangkok Art & Culture Center, Bangkok, Thailand