This solo performance by theater company Kamome Machine draws attention to the essence of the Japanese Constitution, basing its text on material from the Constitution itself, from school textbook “Atarashii kenpo no hanashi” (“The Story of the New Constitution”) distributed by the Ministry of Education at the time, and from speeches by prominent politicians of the day like Yukio Ozaki and Hitoshi Ashida. In doing so, the work shares its questions about the Constitution and society with the audience, unbound by the revision vs. protection dichotomy of the constitutional debate. “Oregayo” has to date racked up rooftop performances at the Wakayama Museum in Ginza, and showings at ST Spot in Yokohama and other venues. Now the troupe is taking the work to Romania, performing at the theater event Temps d’ Images Festival in Cluj, and at the Centrul de Teatru Educațional Replika theater in Bucharest. “Oregayo” transcends the geographical distance between Asia and Eastern Europe to demonstrate the theatrical potential for debate about state and society on the basis of “constitution”.
Kamome Machine’s activities have centered around the metropolitan Tokyo area since 2007. The theater collective focuses on the relationship between the personal body and society, and the concept of using ancient physical and spiritual practices like Qigong and Tai Chi as a unique theatrical technique. In August 2011, the group performed “Waiting for Godot in Fukushima” on the National Route 6 highway in the town of Hirono in Fukushima Prefecture’s Futaba District. Photographs of the piece have been exhibited at places like La Casa dei Teatri di Roma and The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University. Leader Yuta Hagiwara won the AAF Drama Award with “Public Image Limited”, and in 2016 “Happy Days (Act Two)” garnered him the Toga Theatre Competition’s Excellence Award in the director category.
Temp d’ image Festival, Cluj, Romania
Centrul de Teatru Educațional Replika, Bucarest, Romania