In 2018, the company performed “Fortress of Smile,” created during a residency at the Kinosaki International Arts Center, in the three French cities of Roubaix, Gennevilliers, and Orléans.
A small fishing port town facing the Sea of Japan. A family moves into an apartment building where fishermen live. The fishermen get along like brothers and spend days of endless laughter, while the mother of the family has dementia. Two different apartments, two different situations. However, they gradually come to impact upon each other, and their nonchalant daily lives change, when all they really want is to live a life of laughter…
Written and directed by: Kuro Tanino
Performed by: Susumu Ogata, Masato Nomura, FO Pereira Koichiro, others
Design: Takuya Kamiike
Lighting: Masayuki Abe
Sound: Koji Shiina
Niwa Gekidan Penino（Arche LLC.）
The theater ensemble Niwa Gekidan Penino was the brainchild of Kuro Tanino during his student days at Showa University in 2000. A trained psychiatrist, Tanino is the creative mind of the collective, writing a variety of works which have kept them in the world spotlight for over a decade. Niwa Gekidan Penino has been invited to festivals in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia, and its native Japan.
Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer, Berlin, Germany