Sinbunka has always strived to design relationships and environments that are effective for a particular production so that participants notice slight changes via the locations where it performs. This project comprised different performances in spring and fall of Kunio Kishida’s “The Roof Garden” (1926) and “The foodcourt” written by troupe leader Murakoso, with Murakoso directing both. The former was staged in Tsutsujigaoka Atelier, created in a partially renovated single-storey wooden house, and true to form the performance of the latter utilized TABULAE (Hikifune), a gallery in a partially revamped Japanese-style house, the plan being to perform in an environment that made it difficult to determine the ordinary and the extraordinary. Work done on the venues by architect Riku Yamakawa did not simply present as stage design but established the venues as facilities affecting both performers and audience members as users. Each work dealt with the strangely complex emotions wavering between family members. Murakoso positioned the familial changes and developments which occur when the two works are juxtaposed around the concept “rooftop and indoors,” weighing up their significance in the actual productions and the passing of almost a century.
Theater company formed by playwright Yutaro Murakoso. He received the Akane Nakamura Award in the 3331 Chiyoda Arts Festival 2014 performance section. Drama critic Tadashi Uchino has described Murakoso’s unique text, in which he attempts to develop physical presence specific to performance venues, as both poetry and performance. It is also said that the style of his work approaches the act of reading itself (Atsushi Sasaki).
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The rooftop garden : Atelier Tsutsujigaoka, Mitaka City, Tokyo
The foodcourt : TABULAE, Sumida City, Tokyo