Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre
The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso
A world premiere by an acclaimed and border-crossing playwright, shaped by his time in Buenos Aires
Three-time Kishida Kunio Drama Award nominee Yudai Kamisato was born in Peru and brought up in Kanagawa Prefecture. His work, which has attracted acclaim also from the literary world, explores his own identity as well as wider political and social issues through a unique theatrical language. Based in Buenos Aires since last October, Kamisato wrote this new play and recruited performers locally to stage it in Spanish.
It interweaves episodes of migration and death collected by Kamisato on his recent travels around Oceania, Ogasawara, Okinawa and Latin America. Immersing himself in these foreign lands and languages, Kamisato turns his attention to human migration, cultural assimilation and the relationship between the state and the individual for this dynamic and highly anticipated expedition into new territory.
- Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center
- Spanish with Japanese and English surtitles
- Tokyo / Yokohama, Japan
Born in Peru in 1982, Yudai Kamisato is based in Tokyo and Kawasaki. He is a director and playwright, and the head of Okazaki Art Theatre. His plays explore issues such as immigration and labor, the relationship between individuality and nationality, and communication in the world today. He won the award for best director at the Toga Directors Contest in 2006. His plays Haircut-san (2006), black coffee (not for drinking) (2013), and +51 Aviación, San Borja (2015) were nominated for the Kishida Kunio Drama Award. +51 Aviación, San Borja has been performed in Japan as well as at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and Festival d’Automne à Paris in France. He made his debut as a novelist in 2013 and has been staying in Buenos Aires, Argentina, since October 2016 on an overseas research grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs. His record of this residency is published online on Realkyoto (http://realkyoto.jp/).
|Text and direction||Yudai Kamisato|
|Performers||Martín Tchira, Martín Piroyansky, Marina Sarmiento, Eduardo Fukushima|
|Set design||dot architects, Midori Hirota|
|Stage manager||Ayumu Okubo (KWAT)|
|Production coordinator||Yoko Kawasaki|
|Produced by||Kyoto Experiment, Kyoto Experiment staff|
|Production coordinator||Yoko Kawasaki, Maiko Okumura (Kyoto Art Center)|
|English surtitle translation||Aya Ogawa|
|Surtitle operator||Yoko Kawasaki, Yuko Ikegami|
|Interns||Yuko Ikegami, Moegi Takaishi|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|