Happy Days: by Samuel Beckett
New Translation: Shino Kuraishi
Direction: Yasuki Fujita
Set Design: Teppei Kaneuji
Music & Sound Design: Itoken
Performance: Tomoko Ando, Yutaka Fukuoka
Happy Days is one of Samuel Beckett’s best-known plays. Artist Teppei Kaneuji designed the set with a mountain, where the lead actress (Tomoko Ando) continues her dialogue even as it appears that she is being buried under it. Kaneuji is known for his collage technique of pouring plaster or resin over everyday items after they are dismantled. Why does she keep talking in this condition where she is stuck and cannot move? Why is she buried in the mountain? This masterpiece by Beckett is reborn through a new translation, new interpretation, and with a new stage setting.
ARICA was formed in 2001 by artistic director Yasuki Fujita, poet and critic Shino Kuraishi (in charge of textual concepts), and actress Tomoko Ando , former member of the theater company Tenkei Gekijo led by Shogo Ota. Together they have wowed audiences through their collaboration with creative people from all artistic pursuits, in performances that go far beyond theater and dance to incorporate the creativity of all genres, from visual arts, music, architecture, and design. Ando won the Best Solo Performance prize at The Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre 2005.
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