Theater company chelfitsch’s The Window of Spaceship ‘In-Between’ is one of the works presented at the festival this year. In relation to this the festival will hold a theater workshop, facilitated by Kyoto based director Masato Nomura, aimed at people whose first language (or feel that their first language) is not Japanese. The Window of Spaceship ‘In-Between’ is a theatrical production in Japanese with actors from diverse backgrounds whose native language is not Japanese. We hope this workshop will give participants an opportunity to think about the nature of language used in theater. Previous performing/ acting experience is not necessary and participants with any level of Japanese ability are welcome to join!
Workshop: Imagining Yourself
My name is Masato Nomura and I will be running this workshop. I am active as a director in Kyoto and draw on theater to create works in various forms, including stage works, exhibitions and performances. In this workshop we will look at several different methods of remembering, imagining and talking about ourselves and our surroundings through simple self-introductions, recalling memories of the houses one has lived in and the layouts of the rooms in these houses. I hope to introduce these methods and try them out together while having fun! No previous theater experience is required so please don’t hesitate to join us!
Facilitator: Masato Nomura
Date: October 1st, 2023 (Sunday)
13:00-16:30 (end time approx.)
*You may enter the venue from 12:30
Venue: North Gallery, Kyoto Art Center
Participants: People whose native language is not/ or do not feel that their native language is Japanese.
What to bring: Please bring a bottle of water (any size or type). You may be sitting or lying down on the floor so please come in clothes that are easy to move in and you don’t mind getting dirty.
Participation is free and based on a first come first served (capacity 12 people)
Based in Kyoto since 2016, Nomura is a director and member of the collective Retronym. Interested in the human condition and the gaps or differences in dialogue and communication, he creates work from a theatrical perspective to explore realistic relationships between people, things, and the environment. In recent years he has become interested in mental healthcare and folklore and while working both in and outside the theater, he has been conducting research in the field of care as well as doing fieldwork about graves in the Tsugaru region of Aomori prefecture where he also has roots himself.