The theme of this work is codependence among family members. Is it possible to engage in dialogue that illuminates each other with words that provide a wake-up call, while avoiding sickly sweet mutual support that relies on positivity? It depicts the moment when individual relatives gathering for events such as 60th birthdays and ruby wedding anniversaries reconsider the concept of the family through encounters with other family members.
Rehearsals take place once a week. By inviting a variety of guests to the rehearsal hall each time, Sinbunka aims to prevent the relationship between the performers and director from becoming inflexible. This work truly is a dramatic rendering of that idiosyncratic theatrical praxis, which is shot through with resistance to codependence.
Sinbunka is a theater company founded by Yutaro Murakoso. It won the Akane Nakamura Prize in the performance category at the 3331 Chiyoda Arts Festival 2014. The company has attracted attention with its unique approach, in which “dialogues” imposed on performers by treating the text as another person are presented as performative contemplation. Drama critic Tadashi Uchino has described it as “theater in its original sense.”
Buoy (Adachi City, Tokyo)