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shelf volume 24

[Die arabische Nacht] new!!

2nd - 5th Jun 2017 @The 8th Gellery (CLASKA, TOKYO)

Written by Roland Schimmelpfennig
Translated by Sunao OTUSKA
Directed by Yasuhito YANO

stage performing rights: S. Fischer Verlag Frankfurt/Main

Cast :
Yuko KAWABUCHI, Yusuke MORI, Takashi OKITO, Yuhei YOKOTA, Takako INOUE

Lighting Design Adviser: Tsuruyo NORITAKE
Costume Designed : Yoko TAKEUCHI
Assistant Production manager (intern) : Miyuu KAMIKAWA
Graphic Designed : Tamotsu OKUMA
cooperation : Yuka NIWAYAMA
Produced by shelf Association

[...] Sunmmer: Water supplies for an entire high-rise settlement have broken down.But in one seventh-floor flat, Franziska, a young woman who can remember nothing, is having a shower.

She cannot remember how her life was before she moved into this rented flat together with her friend Fatima. Franziska cannot remember that she was once an Arabian princess. As she does every evening after taking a shower, she falls asleep on the sofa in the living room at sunset.

Three men try and kiss her awake as if she were some kind of oriental sleeping beauty. Her neighbour from the building opposite observes the sleeping woman, comes into her flat, and kisses her. Suddenly he once again finds himself in the bottle on the table in front of the couch.

The second, Fatima's lover, gets stuck in the lift and is stabbed by his jealous lady just before he manages to kiss Franziska.

The building's caretaker, who hears water rushing through the pipes, searches for a leak and ends up by finding the sleeping woman on the sofa. Old and ugly though he may be, he finally succeeds in restoring the bewitched Franziska's awareness..[...]

(citing: http://www.goethe.de/kue/ the/nds/nds/aut/smp/stu/ en5049591.htm)

Date and time:
June 2017.
2nd (Friday) 15:00 / 19:00 START
3th (Sat) 15:00 / 19: 00 START
4th (Sun) 15:00 START
5th (Monday) 19:00 START

· Door open 15 minutes before the start.
· The running time is scheduled for 80 min.

Venue·Access:
The 8th Gallery (Tokyo)
1-3-18 CHuo-cho Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3719-8121 (CLASKA)
Tokyu Toyoko line "Gakugeiki" station, 12 minutes on foot.

tickets:
General Advance / Door· 3,500 yen
Student 2,000 yen
General Early Booking 2,500 yen (Peatix only)

Ticket Agencies:
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Review:

shelf’s “Hedda Gabler” in playroom Shibuya. It’s a play written by Ibsen and is often played in Japan but usually it takes place around the strong character of Hedda. But this time, Yasuhito Yano, who have challenged Ibsen for many times, disassembles the Heroine and sheds light to other characters.

As a result, something that could have been primitive psychological play gains actual allegoricalness. What shelf has been doing is not the adaptation of classic play but the modern Japanese play who uses classic as its pretext.

(shelf volume21"Hedda Gabler" - Atsushi SASAKI. Critic.)

** Performed in Japanese.




(Apr 21. 2017)

 


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shelf volume 23

GHOSTS-COMPOSITION/IBSEN
(from "Ghosts" written by Henrik Ibsen)

11th - 15th Feb 2017 @The CAVE (YOKOHAMA)
** TPAM Fringe 2017 program

Written by Henrik Ibsen
Composed and Directed by Yasuhito YANO
Translated by Mitsuya MORI.

Cast :
Yuko KAWABUCHI, Yusuke MORI, Mako MITSUHASHI, Takashi OKITO, Yuhei YOKOTA, Takako INOUE

Lighting Design Adviser: Tsuruyo NORITAKE
Costume Designed : Yoko TAKEUCHI
Assistant Production manager : Miyuu KAMIKAWA
Graphic Designed : Tamotsu OKUMA
back up: The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Tokyo
Produced by shelf Association

Date:
2017. 2 .11 Sat. 14:00
2017. 2 .12 Sun. 14:00
2017. 2 .13 Mon. 14:00 *Adv ticket sold out!
2017. 2 .14 Tue. 14:00
2017. 2 .15 Wed. 14:00

*runnning time 100 min.

Ticket::
Adv 3,000 Yen
Door ¥3,500 Yen
Student 2,000 Yen (Adv & Door)
TPAM Registant Benefit 2,000 Yen(Adv & Door)

Ticket Agencies:
Theatre Company shelf :
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e-mail. info@theatre-shelf.org

Venue:
The CAVE (YOKOHAMA)
1-13-2 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya 461-8525

Ghosts is one of the most well-known plays by Henrik Ibsen, the father of modern theater. This masterpiece’s degree of perfection and depth of its portrayal of human existence have long been compared to those of Greek tragedies. shelf has performed the play many times since first performing it in the Nanatsudera Kyodo Studio in 2006. In 2014, the company was invited to the National Theater in Norway, Ibsen’s homeland, to put on Ghosts at its biennial International Ibsen Festival, and is now presenting it once again in Kanto.

Director's note, or extremely private memorandum of directing for the next performance in February 2017.

Ibsen was the man who continued observing the “family” as the smallest unit of community under circumstances where industrial structure changed cataclysmically and the society became more highly-information-based and complex. “Ghosts” is also a piece which includes political problems in a broad sense and it still surpasses the frame of simple fiction with its looming reality when we read it.

Have we really outlived “modern”? Today’s world is filled with easy populism everywhere and is at the mercy of formation of the extreme right which is unreasonably exclusive. On the other hand, we live in the world where a massacre is distributed all over the world in live through SNS. Post-truth is a crap. We are in the period of transition of huge era and our ground is shaking from its basis. We shouldn’t hurry. In order to capture the reality of this era, we need to look back at the past and contemplate.

In today’s society where majority of people seek for urgent solution for current situation of the world, I would rather concentrate on things that wouldn’t be of immediate use. I want to resist to this hasty trend of the world through artistic activity.

December 2016. Yasuhito YANO

Review:
YANO showed us a spectacular example of Hans‐Thies Lehmann's "post-drama" through a keen recognition of his fellow contemporaries, his aesthetic sense in regards to space, and by drawing out the actors' energy onstage from stillness.
(Theater critic, Jun OOKA. "Magazine Wonderland")

** Performed in Japanese, with English subtitles.




(November. 27. 2016)

 





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shelf volume 22

GHOSTS-COMPOSITION/IBSEN
(from "Ghosts" written by Henrik Ibsen)

2nd Oct 2016 @Aichi Prefectual Art Theater The Mini Theater (Nagoya, Aichi)
Aichi Triennale 2016 Performing Arts public contribution program

Written by Henrik Ibsen
Composed and Directed by Yasuhito YANO
Translated by Mitsuya MORI.

Cast :
Yuko KAWABUCHI, Yusuke MORI, Mako MITSUHASHI, Takashi OKITO, Yuhei YOKOTA, Takako INOUE

Lighting Design : Tsuruyo NORITAKE
Costume Design : Yoko TAKEUCHI
Assistant Production management : Rie KITAJIMA, Miyuu KAMIKAWA
Oeration of Subtitle : Yuka EHARA
Production Management : Tomohiro KATO (office Perky pat)
Graphic Design : Tamotsu OKUMA
back up: The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Tokyo
Produced by shelf Association

Date:
10.2 Sun 19:00 *runnning time 90 min.

Ticket::
Adv ¥3,000
Door ¥3,500
Student ¥2,000(Adv & Door)

Ticket Agencies:
Theatre Company shelf :
tel. 090-6139-9578
e-mail. info@theatre-shelf.org

Venue:
Aichi Prefectual Art Theater The Mini Theater
1-13-2 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya 461-8525
Tel. 052-971-5511 Fax. 052-971-5604
http://www-art.aac.pref.aichi.jp/

Review:
YANO showed us a spectacular example of Hans‐Thies Lehmann's "post-drama" through a keen recognition of his fellow contemporaries, his aesthetic sense in regards to space, and by drawing out the actors' energy onstage from stillness.
(Theater critic, Jun OOKA. "Magazine Wonderland")


Production Note (July, 2016):
What exactly is it to perform classic or modern drama? What meaning and value does it have? Answer could be different for each person. But I would like to suggest one correct answer. It is that it’s always “new”. Any classic drama or literature will be always new when we re-read it in this present moment. This is not at all an analogy. Text=piece which remains till today under the name of masterpiece and classic is actually all new. For example, the drama “Ghosts” of Ibsen, which I referred to here, too.

Generally, “ghosts” described in the drama “Ghosts” is interpreted as human convention.

Through our daily lives, we keep the relationship between our own spirit and the society with various system that defines (but actually is unsubstantial) human posteriori from various habit, common sense, reason to social system such as culture, religion and family and even history. However, “Ghosts” of Ibsen reveals that actually there is no grounds at all. It concludes that all those things are just another “Ghosts”.

I have interpreted it in such “classic” way. However, in the practice for this re-stage chance, I realized that every single words echoes impressively to the core of the body every time the actor in front of me speaks out that word.

Why? It’s very simple. Just think about the environment and time surrounding us. What individual or group can, can’t or shouldn't achieve in facing this huge movement of extreme (and unbalanced) nationalism and too-easy, too-hasty-for-answer populism in Japan and all over the world.

And at the same time, I think there is no one in politics, diet or Kasumigaseki nor in finance who can figure out the effect of his own decision and action or the precise area of its effect and who could figure out the precise power and area he has. The finance computer system processing orders entering with difference of 1/1000 seconds is symbolic. Market changes with speed and complexity that not an ordinary person can process and various social system intervened with market act also in complex and rapid manner. Who did make such system at first? Wasn’t it human? No, this is the “Ghosts” that occupies us and wonders in modern society.
The world actually is complex and weird. However, if we just keep looking at it and feeling dizzy, I think it’s an irrelevant and stupid attitude. That’s why I keep on thinking and reading. And also continue creating. And to read again.

It might seem like it’s out of the track but, for me, this is the certain meaning and value of performing classic drama.

** Performed in Japanese, with English subtitles.


(August. 1. 2016)

 



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shelf volume 21

“Hedda Gabler”

5th - 8th Febuary 2016 @Playroom (Shibuya, Tokyo)

Written by Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Mitsuya MORI
Composed and Directed by Yasuhito YANO

Date:
2.5 Fri 20:00
2.6 Sat 15:00 / 19:00
2.7 Sun 11:00 / 15:00
2.8 Mon 15:00 / 20:00

Ticket::
Adv ¥3,000
Door ¥3,500
Student ¥2,000(Adv & Door)
TPAM Registration benefit ¥2,000

Venue: Playroom (Shibuya, Tokyo)
Caminito 18 (2F) Higashi 1-3-1 Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

The theme of the play Hedda Gabler lies in the boringness she feels about her life and can do nothing about. People want their lives to be as dramatic and satisfying as possible, and even picture irreplaceable versions of their selves. That kind of desire itself might be a flaw that modern self-awareness and modern humanism contain. (And would it be an overstatement to say that this has become a kind of system that suppresses people and plunges them into madness in this modern society?) Based on the concept explained above, we would like to think of solutions to survive in this difficult time, by showing the audience the broken reality and how we try to fix it.

Yasuhito YANO

** Performed in Japanese, with English subtitles.



www.tpam.or.jp

(November. 22. 2015)

 



[deprived]
Bangkok Theater Festival 2015
in "Low Fat Art Fest: 100% concentrate art pieces"

Composed and Directed by Yasuhito YANO

Next next show of us will be held in Bangkok.

A young producer Wasurachata Leon Unaprom from Bangkok has invited our production of "deprived" which he saw at TPAM (YOKOHAMA) in February 2015 to the brand new festival which will be launched by him in this November. This festival at the same time, will be held as part of The 13th Bangkok Theatre Festival, which started in 2002 as Thailand's first performing arts Festival.

Me and Yuko KAWABUCHI will stay two weeks in Bangkok, one week earlier than the member from Tokyo and do the collaboration work with Thai local actors, visual artist.

This production will be the second overseas performance of shelf, and the second international co-production of us.

Yasuhito YANO

Low Fat Art Fest: 100% concentrate art pieces
LFAF Mixed Formular Program

1) Korean - Thai Artist Exchange Project : B_floor and Momggol
12 - 14 November 2015, 8 pm Thong Lor Art Space Bangkok
* Also be a part of Bangkok Theater Festival 2015

2) [deprived] by Theater Company shelf (Japan) with Thai Artist ( Gandhi Wasuvitchayagit, Natthaya Nakavej and Taechit Jiropaskosol)
12 - 14 November 2015, 8 pm Creative Industries at M-Thearter
* Also be a part of Bangkok Theater Festival 201

3) "Dysmorphilia" by Daloy Dance Company (Philippine) with Thai Visual Artist (Chulayarnnon Siriphol)
27 - 29 November 2015, 8 pm Thong Lor Art Space Bangkok

Supported by The Saison Foundation

(22 Sep. 2015)



shelf volume 20 Chekhov's "Three Sisters"
Composed and Directed by Yasuhito YANO
Oct. 24. 2015. 20:00 START
Oct. 25, 2015. 14:00 START

@ Shichiken-cho Konomiru Theater (SHIZUOKA)

- As I will forget, I will be forgotten. -

(22 Sep. 2015)



shelf prd. Chekhov's "Three (Sister)s"
Composed and Directed by Yasuhito YANO
July 24. 2015. 20:00 START
July 25, 2015. 14:00 / 19:00 START

July 26, 2015. 14:00 START
July 27, 2015. 20:00 START
@ RAFT (TOKYO)

- As I will forget, I will be forgotten. -

(13 June. 2015)


Contemporary Playwright Series 5: J-P Sartre "No Exit" Festival.

[Huis clos (1945)]

Composed and Directed by Yasuhito YANO
Cast : Mako MITSUHASHI, Heitai BUN, Yuko KAWABUCHI, Yusuke MORI,
May 4. 2015. 14:00 START
May 5, 2015. 14:00 / 19:00 START
@ d-SOKO (TOKYO) **Warehouse-d

Every year, “The Contemporary Playwright Series” offered by the theater d-soko (TOKYO) picks up one play written by one of the famous contemporary artists, such as Bertolt BRECHT, Eugene IONESCO, Fernando ARRABAL, and Shuji TERAYAMA. It focuses on differences of the artistic directors who participate in the event.
This year shelf is participating in the 5th edition of the event; “J-P Sartre ‘No Exit’ Festival” in May.
The performances are going to be all in Japanese.

(09 Mar. 2015)


shelf volume19
[deprived]
Composed and Directed by Yasuhito YANO
Cast : Yuko KAWABUCHI, Mai KASUGA, Yusuke MORI, Atsuko OGAWA, Mami WATANABE, Mako MITSUHASHI
Feb. 13, 19:00 START, 14, 14:00 / 18:00 START, @ SAKURA WORKS at Kannai (YOKOHAMA)

A TPAM Showcase program

http://www.tpam.or.jp/2015/

Review:

Theatre Company shelf's new work, "deprived" in Kid Airack Hall. It's a new work of text collage drama he was making before, but it was most political straightly than ever.

The Constitution Preamble of Japan, Masao MARUYAMA, Osamu DAZAI, Saneatsu MUSHANOKOJI, Brecht, and an excerpt of "Hikarigoke (written by Taijun TAKEDA") ... those different texts will be connected seamlessly, but it's never too a left-wing to necessarily. He really wants to attack rather the words that were tinged with some principles or policies and the double politic those have been hiding behind the utterance, than the surface meaning of words.

An expressionistic style or a screaming type of dialogue and singing maybe his people divided between those who like it and those who hate it, but there was a strange serenity, and still it remains more than the impact.

(Atsushi SASAKI. Critic, Professor of Waseda University. )

(08 Nov. 2014)


Our works, "GHOSTS-COMPOSITION/IBSEN" has been invited as an official program to the International Ibsen Festival 2014. This festival is to be held in Oslo, Norway every two years. 14th and 15th (Monday) September, our "GHOSTS" staged at The Norwegian National Theater.(at the "Amphitheatre".)



Ghosts – Composition/Ibsen (JP)

What happens to human beings in a fragmented world, perhaps without real substance? This is the question posed by the award-winning Japanese theatre company shelf.

What has happened to the self? Is it unravelling? It was in Ibsen's time that the idea of the inner self, the human ego, was born. Through Ghosts – Composition/Ibsen, director Yasuhito Yano wants to describe what happens in the inner selves of people who face the problems of today. In a world that is fragmented and perhaps without real substance.

The Japanese theatre company shelf has won several awards for their productions of Ibsen. In 2011 shelf received the Nagoya Citizens’ Art Festival Award for Theater for this interpretation of Ghosts. The company is known for challenging and spectacular productions.

In Ghosts – Composition/Ibsen, outsiders are brought into the production and the characters are forced to interact. Yano wants to identify the essence of Ibsen’s drama – an essence that lies in ruins when the idea of the human self is breaking down. Yano approaches the text from different perspectives, and in the distance between the actor and the text the key to understanding is found, according to the director.

Venue: Amfiscenen
Composed and directed by: Yasuhito Yano

Performed in Japanese, with English subtitles.

NATIONAL THEATRET http://www.nationaltheatret.no/

(June.22. 2014)


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