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International collaboration project in Asia

  • Organization : chelfitsch
  • Section : Project on artistic and creative focus
  • Type of Grant Program : Long
  • Art Forms : Theater

Outline of the project

Project outline
Theater company chelfitsch has so far had success with international collaboration projects primarily in Europe. However, in order to explore the possibilities of collaborations in Asia, instead of a European-style collaboration designed mainly to raise creative funds, the troupe will base itself in Thailand for the development of research and theater piece creation. The aim is to build a cooperative system not solely concerned with funding, in order to form a network that can be used effectively by the next generation and become a model in Southeast Asia, a region with no established platforms.

Year 1 project outline

The first year consisted of research on Thailand and Indonesia, and intensive face-to-face meetings with key people. With the cooperation of Thai literary researcher Sho Fukutomi and The Japan Foundation, Bangkok, the troupe conducted in particular a wide set of interviews with the likes of Bangkok-based performers, visual artists, university teachers, publishers, translators and gallerists in an effort to map out the overall situation. To familiarize these people with chelfitsch, the troupe staged one of its representative works in Bangkok, “Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich.”
These processes led to the troupe deciding to stage a new work being written by Thai novelist Uthis Haemamool.

Date/time: Year-round. Performances of “Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich” held March 10-12, 2017.
Venue: Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok)

Year 2 project outline

In preparation for the decision in Year 1 to stage a novel by Uthis as an international collaboration, the troupe got started with concrete creative activities, such as auditions for performers, production assistants and director’s assistants and under two weeks of rehearsals; additionally Thai artists conducted Japanese research, and research was conducted on international coproduction partners, script-writing and planning. Meanwhile the troupe’s network-building bore fruit with the staging of a recreation of“Five Days in March” in Beijing, China.

Date/time: Year-round. Performances of “Five Days in March” held January 18-20, 2018.
Venue: Inside-out Theater (Beijing)

Year 3 project outline

The title of the international collaboration in Bangkok was decided as “Pratthana – A Portrait of Possession.” After the creative members were decided, they did about three months’work-in-residence in Bangkok, rolling out the trilingual Japanese/English/Thai PR program in Bangkok and Japan, and performing the world premiere in August. Reviews of the work were also translated in order to establish the response in Bangkok. In a related project “Pratthana” was also performed in Paris. The work also received the Best Play award in the IATC Thailand Dance and Theatre Awards 2018, the only performing arts award in Thailand.

Date/time: Year-round. World premiere performances of “Pratthana – A Portrait of Possession” held August 22-26, 2018 in Bangkok.
Venue: Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok)


chelfitsch Theater Company was founded in 1997 by Toshiki Okada, who writes and directs all of the company’s productions. chelfitsch Theater Company began to refine its textual aesthetic as that of colloquial language representing contemporary youth culture. With Five Days in March (premiere in 2004 and awarded the prestigious Kunio Kishida Award for Best Script) the company began to juxtapose a noisy choreography derived from everyday mannerisms to the text. The company’s international debut took place in 2007 when Five Days in March was invited to the KUNSTENFESTIVALDESRARTS 2007 in Brussels. The works of chelfitsch have been presented to great acclaim at premier international theater festivals and venues throughout Europe, North and South 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. The troupe continues to update its methodology, which revolves around the relationship between speech and body. Since Current Location, which debuted in 2012, it has created works that are exploratory forays into the realm of fiction. Ground and Floor premiered as a play commissioned for the KUNSTENFESTIVALDESRARTS 2013 in May 2013 and Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich commissioned for Theater der Welt 2014 in May 2014.


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