Up to now Kamome Machine has created stage works with a small number of performers, such as “OREGAYO” and “Happy Days.” In order to expand its range of activities going forward and take on the challenge of larger scale productions, it will create works with six actors and artists. After the monumental contemporary theater of “The Seagull,” what sort of present-day work can the group shift its focus to? This is the question at the center of the group’s attempts to reconstruct and overhaul the possibilities of arts and culture.
Performers: Honami Shimizu, Shin Ito (Damian), Tomoko Ando (Theater Company ARICA), Masayuki Yano, Rikako Chiba, Chieko Asakura
Text: Anton Chekhov
Director: Yuta Hagiwara
Stage Director: Shin Ito
Stage Design: Katsunori Yokoi
Sound Design: Norimasa Ushikawa
Lighting: Minoru Chida（CHIDA OFFICE）
Costume Design: Hayato Tanaka
Assistant Director: Kamome Ito
Production Manager：Satomi Shimizu
Producer: Atsushi Sasaki
Produced by Kamome Machine LLC
Kamome Machine has been active since 2007, based in the metropolitan Tokyo area. Performances explore the relationship between bodies and society with a unique sense of physicality through the application of Qigong and Tai Chi techniques. Major works include “Waiting for Godot in Fukushima” (2011), performed by a road just outside Fukushima’s exclusion zone; “OREGAYO” (2015), the text of which is based on material from the Japanese Constitution, and which has been performed at the Temps d’ Images Festival in Cluj, Romania, as well as being taken on tour in Japan; and “Happy Days,” which garnered the Toga Theatre Competition’s Excellence Award in the director category, and was staged two years later at Theater Commons 2018.
Kamome Machine LLC
Kitasenju BUoY, Adachi City, Tokyo