What we do

shelf volume 18 『deprived』

  • Organization : shelf
  • Section : In Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Theater


We’d like to think about “politics.” Not the politics of government and politicians, but the political behavior, the power of words, and especially the acts of speech that always occur in situations where two or more people assemble. The texts we work with are the novels of Osamu Dazai, the essays of Saneatsu Mushanokoji, the preamble to the Constitution of Japan, the poetry of a British poet who died in action in a campaign of World War I, and so on. While making use of these texts, we would like to consider the core of human beings, in other words, to consider what “I,” “we,” “citizen” and “country” are, and what in fact a “human being” really is; to grasp the situations where these human acts of speech take place; and to penetrate this closed world that we live in.

Composed/directed by Yasuhito Yano
Cast: Yuko Kawabuchi, Mai Kasuga, Yusuke Mori, Atsuko Ogawa, Mami Watanabe, Mako Mitsuhashi


A bookshelf on which many texts are accumulated and mixed is the motif of shelf’s activities. While emphasizing the actors’ “speaking,” shelf continues to carry out stage productions with classical and modern plays as its main subjects.
In August 2008, affiliated shelf actress Yuko Kawabuchi won the Toga Theater Competition’s Best Performer Award of 2008 for her performance in Ibsen’s “Little Eyolf.” In October 2011, “Composition/Ibsen” won the Nagoya Citizens Art Festival Award for Theater 2011. In September 2014, “Ghosts – Composition/Ibsen” was invited as an official program to the International Ibsen Festival 2014 at the Norway National Theatre/Amfiscenen (presented by the National Theatre of Norway)


Yasuhito Yano
Founder and artistic director
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KID AILACK ART HALL 5F gallery (Setagaya City, Tokyo)