Beginning with his Current Location, which debuted in 2012, playwright Toshiki Okada greatly altered his attitude toward theater. This alteration was undoubtedly heavily influenced by the Great East Japan Earthquake and its effect on Japanese society.
A more in-depth exploration into the realm of fiction induced by this change, Ground and Floor, his new opus, is a narrative of the dead and the living, played out on the stage of a “Japan in the not-too-distant future.” In it, Okada also takes up the challenge of a new approach aimed at further developing the relationship between music and performance, a theme which he has tackled in previous productions, with a view to creating a musical theater as only chelfitsch could. This bold new foray by Okada and chelfitsch deserves to be experienced. They are planning a European tour crossing over 7 cities.
chelfitsch Theater Company
chelfitsch Theater Company was founded in 1997 by Toshiki Okada, who writes and directs all of the company’s productions. In 2005, Five Days in March awarded the prestigious Kunio Kishida Award for Best Script. The company’s international debut took place in May 2007 when Five Days in March was invited to the Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels, the most prestigious festival of performing arts in Europe. 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 Québec Association of Theatre Critics for the 2010-2011 season.
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Kunsten Festival des Arts 2013 in Brussels, Belgium