- Performing Arts
- September 22, 2018
Contemporary Theater Series: Reading “Blue Sheet” by Norimizu Ameya, “Before We vanish” aka “Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha” by Tomohiro Maeda
Readings of two widely acclaimed Japanese theatre pieces.
“Blue Sheet” by Norimizu Ameya
The work of contemporary artist, director, playwright, and performer Norimizu Ameya, Blue Sheet is a play developed and written in conjunction with students from Iwaki Sogo High School* in Fukushima Prefecture. The play was performed by Iwaki Sogo students, under Ameya’s direction, at the end of January 2013, when memories of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011 were still very fresh. It was awarded the 58th Kishida Prize for Drama. With ten high school students as its only characters, Blue Sheet combines dialogue and monologue to capture the memories of the natural disaster and associated nuclear incidents, and the reality of living in the affected region. For this Paris performance, the play will be read by young localactors.
* Iwaki Sogo High School is a public school known for incorporating theater into its lessons.
“Before We vanish” aka “Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha” by Tomohiro Maeda
Since its first performance in 2005, “Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha”has been staged repeatedly by Maekawa’s theatre company Ikiume. The play was made into a film directed by Kiyoshi Kurokawa, released under the English title “Before We Vanish”, which was chosen for the Un Certain Regard section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and has been screened in over 20 countries. The play is set in a small port town on the Japan Sea coast, and tells the story of a woman who is forced to face her husband who disappears for days, only to return with an altered personality much like that of a child. Others in the village also show similar symptoms. Maekawa’s take on the very strange phenomenon which occurs in familiar surroundings is an example of his deep insight into human nature and is a token of his tremendous talent.
September 22, 2018
Théâtre de la Ville – Espace Cardin
The Japan Foundation, Théâtre de la Ville
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
・In cooperation with：
Maison Antoine Vitez, Centre for International Theatrical Translation