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.

Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre, The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso, 2017, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre, The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso, 2017, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre, The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso, 2017, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre, The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso, 2017, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre, The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso, 2017, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre, The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso, 2017, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre, The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso, 2017, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre, The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso, 2017, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre, The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso, 2017, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre, The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso, 2017, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue
YEAR
2017
DATES
11.3(Fri)-11.5(Sun)
VENUE
Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center
DURATION
85min.
LANGUAGE
Spanish with Japanese and English surtitles
CITY
Tokyo / Yokohama, Japan
CATEGORY

Yudai Kamisato

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 directionYudai Kamisato
PerformersMartín Tchira, Martín Piroyansky, Marina Sarmiento, Eduardo Fukushima
DramaturgeMasashi Nomura
TranslationGonzalo Robledo
Set designdot architects, Midori Hirota
CostumesChie Ohno
LightingRyoya Fudetani
SoundBunsho Nishikawa
Stage managerAyumu Okubo (KWAT)
InterpreterYoichi Tajiri
Production coordinatorYoko Kawasaki
Produced byKyoto Experiment, Kyoto Experiment staff
Production coordinatorYoko Kawasaki, Maiko Okumura (Kyoto Art Center)
English surtitle translationAya Ogawa
Surtitle operatorYoko Kawasaki, Yuko Ikegami
InternsYuko Ikegami, Moegi Takaishi
Presented byKyoto Experiment