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The Art of Offending 03 Arika Kasatsuji’s new work “Ubugoe”

  • Organization : &Co.
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Theater


With words full of love and hate created by writer Kasatsuji, this work explores the language for challenging abuse as well as the body of the actor who employs it. The performance’s focus is words written in prose and the actor’s body; elements connected by a minimalistic stage design comprising suspended pieces of white paper, creating a controlled yet intense performance. In contrast to the swaying, rustling pieces of blank paper that constantly graze the floor, the extremely restrained movements and long silences give each word a sharp weight. This work, which affirms life to a hair’s breadth even though death is always at our heels, provides a sharp counter to the way modern language, time, and life are consumed in an instant.

After the performance there was a talk with director Yusuke Kimura and guests to enhance the audience’s understanding of the work.
Guests: Maron Shibukawa (critic), Arika Kasatsuji, Masataka Matsuda (playwright/director), Haruna Miki

Written by: Arika Kasatsuji
Directed by: Yusuke Kimura
Performed by: Haruna Miki
Organized by: &Co.


Established in 2022 by Yusuke Kimura, a cross-genre artist who focuses on the performing arts, to cultivate a place where diverse talents could come and go without being assembled under a specific individual name. Kimura studied stage arts and film art at Kyoto University of Art and Design and media art at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences(IAMAS) before moving to Germany in 2012. In 2013 he became the first Japanese person to enroll in the MA Solo/Dance/Authorship (MA SODA) at the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT) at UdK Berlin, before returning to Japan in 2016.
He focuses on the history and technical structure of the subjects, media and forms of expression he deals in, with the underlying theme of “subversion of the boundary of the self.”




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