What we do

DULL-COLORED POP Theater/ Fukushima trilogy

  • Organization : DULL-COLORED POP L.L.C.
  • Section : Project on artistic and creative focus
  • Type of Grant Program : Long
  • Art Forms : Theater

Outline of the project

Fukushima-born Kenichi Tani reconsiders Japanese postwar history, taking as his theme the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster. This trilogy, based on a large amount of information collected/interviews conducted on the ground in Fukushima, looks at the time dating from the decision to locate the power plant there, up until the eve of the earthquake.

【First year】
In the first year of the two-year Long Term Grant, Part 1 of the trilogy was staged, enabling confirmation of the reaction to /direction of the work.

Preview performance of Part 1 of the Fukushima trilogy
“1961: Midnight sunrise”
Date: July 21 – August 5, 2018
Venue: Komaba Agora Theater
Written and directed by Kenichi Tani (DULL-COLORED POP)
Performers: Eito Azumaya, Kenji Ohara, Kenichi Tsukagoshi, Aki Momoka(hereinafter DULL-COLORED POP), Ryuta Furuya,Hiroo Inoue, Masafumi Uchida, Saika Ouchi, Natsuho Maruyama, Hironari Miyachi

【Second year】
Details: Based on feedback from the staging of Part 1 in 2018, Part 1 through Part 3 was performed consecutively as part of a long running performance.
The storyline follows each of the 25 years between 1961, 1986 and 2011.

Fukushima trilogy vol.1 “1961: Midnight sunrise”
To be performed only during the run of the complete trilogy over August 23-28, 2019
Performers: Eito Azumaya, Hiroo Inoue, Masafumi Uchida(Theater company Sports), Saika Ouchi, Kenji Ohara, Kenichi Tsukagoshi, Horonari iyachi(Machilda Apartman), Aki Momoka (hereinafter DULL-COLORED POP), Masakazu Akino, Manami Kurahashi

Fukushima trilogy vol.2 “1986 : Mobius strip”
Date: August 8 – August 11, 2019
Performers: Horonari Miyachi(Machilda Apartman), Aki Momoka(hereinafter DULL-COLORED POP), Kenji Kishida, Yuko Kinoshita, Kazuhiro Shiina, Shuji Fujikawa(Aogumi), Koji Furukawa

Fukushima trilogy vol.3 “2011 : The Words want to be spoken
Date: August 14 – August 18, 2019
Performers: Eito Azumaya, Hiroo Inoue, Kenji Ohara, Chinatsu Sato, Yuki Hori (hereinafter DULL-COLORED POP), An Arita (Shikagoroshi), Minami Shibata(Bungakuza), Kayako Tshuzuki, Fuka Haruna, Atsushi Hirabuki, Hayato Mori, Sen Yamamoto, Ryo Watanabe

Written and directed by Kenichi Tani
All runs : August 9 – 28, 2019
Venue : Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Theatre West, Toshima City, Tokyo


With “dull pop” in its name and as its motto, DULL-COLORED POP has continually challenged itself since its launch in 2005 to present serious literary works from a modern pop culture perspective.
The group’s wide-ranging style incorporates contemporary drama, classical tragedy, theater of the absurd, foreign works and musicals. As a mainstream theater company with a unique presence on Tokyo’s theatrical scene, the troupe tears through the framework surrounding the concept of conventional theater art.


E-mail: info@dcpop.org