A story of “migration” consisting of episodes that Yudai Kamisato collected himself by walking the streets on the islands of Oceania, Ogasawara, and Ryukyus as well as in various countries in Latin America. The play will be staged entirely in Spanish with a cast including performers from Argentina and Brazil. Winner of the Kishida Kunio Drama Award.
Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre
The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso
Date: 21st – 25th, August 2019
Venue: Goethe-Institut Tokyo
*Language: Spanish (with English and Japanese subtitles)
The story was woven by Kamisato from his experiences traveling to various parts of South America during an 11-month stay in Argentina. It is performed by the Argentine actors and dancers he encountered, and Eduard Fukushima, a dancer of who was born into a family of Japanese immigrants in Brazil and has come into the limelight in Europe as well. Coming from the opposite side of the earth, they tell the story of the play in their own words.
The jumbled, atypical space of the seating area, which contains a bunk bed, church, and even stalls, was designed by the architectural unit dot architects. The stage is given a phantasmic coloring by the backdrop, which was designed by Midori Hirota of Kantaro, a sign company. In the context of these weird match-ups, the members of the audience freely find a place for viewing the play.
Playwright and Direction: Yudai Kamisato
Set design: dot architects, Midori Hirota
Casts: Martín Tchira, Martín Piroyansky, Marina Sarmiento, Eduardo Fukushima
Dramaturge: Masashi Nomura
Translation: Gonzalo Robledo
Costumes: Chie Ohno
Lighting: Ryoya Fudetani
Sound: Bunsho Nishikawa
Stage manager: Ayumu Okubo (KWAT)
English surtitle translation: Aya Ogawa
Japanese subtitle: Yoko Kawasaki, Masashi Nomura, and Yudai Kamisato
Produced by KYOTO EXPERIMENT
Publicity design: Kento Yoshida (bank to LLC.)
Stage photo: Yoshikazu Inoue
Planning & Production Management: precog co.,LTD.
Presented by Okazaki Art Theatre, precog co.,LTD.
Associated with Goethe-Institut Tokyo
Under the auspices of The Embassy of the Republic of Argentine
Supported by Japan Arts Fund, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)