This play will be set in a 24h convenience store. In this store, part-time workers, shop manager and obnoxious clients will present their feelings of enervation. They look as if they have quitted to feel the anger, despair or desperation, in the middle of society whose future is looking bleaker and bleaker. Music will be of J.S. Bach.
Over the characteristic embellishments of Baroque music, the performers will correspond with speech and movements as if they’ve cramped (in other words, stuttering or repetition of little movements may be used). This performance is intended to exhibit the dependency of a performance on music, even more radically than Hot Pepper, Air-Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech.
Playwright/Director: Toshiki Okada
Performer: Makoto Yazawa / Tomomitsu Adachi, Hideaki Washio / Shuhei Fuchino / Shingo Ota, Azusa Kamimura / Mariko Kawasaki
Set designer: Takuya Aoki
Costume: Sae Onodera (Tokyo Isho)
Stage Director: Koro Suzuki
Sound Designer: Norimasa Ushikawa
Lighting Director: Tomomi Ohira
Music Arranger: Takaki Sudo
chelfitsch Theater Company was founded in 1997 by Toshiki Okada, who writes and directs all of the company’s productions. Named after a deliberate mispronunciation of the English word “selfish,” chelfitsch Theater Company began its textual aesthetic as that of colloquial language representing contemporary youth culture. With Five Days in March (premiere in 2004 and awarded the prestigious Kishida Kunio Drama Award), the company began to juxtapose a noisy choreography derived from everyday mannerisms with its text. The company’s international debut took place in 2007 when Five Days in March was invited to the KUNSTENFESTIVALDESARTS in Brussels. The works of chelfitsch have been presented to great acclaim at premier international theater festivals and venues throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. In 2011, Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech received the critics’ award from the Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre for the 2010-2011 season.
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