Ground and Floor
A chelfitsch musical theater !? An ambitious work aiming to update the validity of the device we call “theater”.
chelfitsch quickly became a leading figure in Japanese contemporary theater with its extremely colloquial language and peculiarly noisy choreography derived from everyday gestures. Their appearance in Kyoto Experiment 2010 was very well received by the Kyoto audience. However, their most recent work Ground and Floor aims to change our perspective on chelfitsch. This original work marks their first step into the “musical theater”. Collaborating with fellow band “Sangatsu”, the actors and the band play live sessions together to compose the music. The physicality of actors and the music are given equal significance on the stage. It could be said that this is chelfitsch’s take on Noh Theater. Ground and Floor is set in Japan in the near future Japan where nobody really understands Japanese anymore. Living in a society that is losing its language and homeland, the interest of the “living”, who waver between memory and oblivion, and the “dead” who are concerned about them, conflict. The large earthquake that shook Japan in 2011 and its aftermath clearly echo throughout the work. It had its international premiere in Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) in this May. After touring Europe, the three performances in Kyoto will mark the Japan premiere. From exploring a new style of theater to updating the validity of the device called “theater”, chelfitsch evolves to the next dimension.
- Kyoto Prefectural Citizen’s Hall ALTI
- Japanese with English and Chinese surtitles
Founded in 1997 by Toshiki Okada, who writes and directs all of the company’s productions. The name “chelfitsch” comes from a baby’s mispronunciation of the English word “selfish.” After Five Days in March, which won the 49th Kunio Kishida Award for Best Script, chelfitsch began to refine its aesthetics by juxtaposing words with a peculiarly noisy choreography derived from everyday gestures. It has been exploring a way to grasp the relationship between body and language. The company’s international debut was in 2007, when Five Days in March was performed at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels. chelfitsch’s works have been presented to great acclaim at leading international theatre festivals and venues throughout Europe, North America and Asia. In 2011, Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner and the Farewell Speech won the critics’ award from L’Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre for the 2010-2011 season.
|Playwriting & direction||Toshiki Okada|
|Cast||Taichi Yamagata, Makoto Yazawa, Yukiko Sasaki, Mari Ando, Izumi Aoyagi|
|Stage design||Shusaku Futamura|
|Costume||Yuko Ikeda (Luna Luz)|
|Anatomy lecture||Nao Kusumi|
|Stage manager||Koro Suzuki|
|Lighting designer||Tomomi Ohira|
|Sound director||Norimasa Ushikawa|
|Video director||Shimpei Yamada|
|Co-production||Kyoto Experiment, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, KAAT (Kanagawa Arts Theater), De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Dublin Theatre Festival, Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse), Onassis Cultural Center (Athens)|
|Residency support||Kyoto Experiment, KAAT (Kanagawa Arts Theater)|
|Special thanks to||Steep Slope Studio|
|Co-presented by||Kyoto Perfectural Citizen’s Hall ALTI|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|