This was a double-bill featuring “PANIC” (based on the short story by Kobo Abe) and “Ballad of Narayama,” the representative work by Japan’s THEATRE MOMENTS, in a co-production by Malaysia’s ONZ PRODUCTION and THEATRE MOMENTS staged at Edomachi-Taito Entertainment Festival. “PANIC” was created over a month or so in Malaysia, and then toured around Asia as a multi-lingual production with a mixed Malaysian and Japanese cast. “Ballad of Narayama” (by Shichiro Fukazawa) was performed by the original Japanese cast. The aim of the production was to attract a cosmopolitan audience with subtitles in Japanese, Chinese and English for both works, generating international exchange in the audience.
Conceived/directed by Daisuke Sagawa
Performers: Clare Nakahara, Lew Rorn, Syafiq Syazim, Masato Aoki and others.
THEATRE MOMENTS goal is to be an internationally-focused theater company on a mission to deliver made-in-Japan world-class theater. Its process of devising and creating productions based on original works has produced deeply universal pieces that break down the barriers of culture and language. At the 4th Sengawa Theater Contest, the troupe was awarded the grand prix, as well as best direction and the audience award. In recent years it has been invited overseas to perform in places such as China, Malaysia and Australia. As director of the international division of the Japan Director’s Association, troupe leader and director Daisuke Sagawa is also involved in international exchange projects. Producer/actress Clare Nakahara hails from the Takarazuka Revue.
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