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Yudai Kamisato / Okazaki Art Theatre

Happy Prince Fish

Playwright and Direction: Yudai Kamisato

Performers: Sumire Urata, Sayaka Shigemi, Yoshitaka Shimada

Duration : 100 min ( TBC, including breaks )

  • in KYOTO
    October 25th−27th, 2019
    Kyoto Art Center

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  • in Okinawa
    November 8th−10th, 2019
    Atelier Mekaru base

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  • in Yokohama
    January 11th−19th, 2020
    ST Spot

Happy Prince Fish

I met a fishing enthusiast in a pub who often goes fishing at Lake Biwa. This is a story he told while eating Oden.

The propagation of foreign fish has always been a problem in Lake Biwa. The foreign fish eat endemic species and so the administration at the lake created something called “Foreign Fish Collecting Boxes” along the shore of the lake. If one of these fish is caught, its encouraged that you put it in the box, which essentially means it’s disposed of. We have to throw away bluegill, black bass and other foreign fish. However for black bass fishers it's good manners to release them, insisting they are innocent.
I chuck them away.
Speaking of which, do you know who brought the bluegill to Japan?

It was shortly before the Tokyo Olympics.
The prince at the time decided to introduce the bluegill to Japan as food after he encountered it at trip to the US.
The bluegill was praised as the “Happy Prince Fish” and spread all over Japan.

Note

I went fishing at Lake Biwa and threw these foreign fish into the box, on other occasions I also released them. I heard different opinions, studied about protecting ecosystems and flood control, took part in a foreign fish extermination event, tasted the foreign black bass, and went all the way around the lake. I was uneasy all the time.
What matters to some doesn’t matter at all to others.
This tangle of ideas highlighted different theories and it appeared there was no way but to oppose or ignore each other, which was scary. It almost felt like this was mirroring today’s society.
Even so, Lake Biwa was so beautiful that it made me want to stay forever.
Oki Island where many fishers live and Chikubu Island seen from the shore of Lake Biwa were full of a spiritual atmosphere. I have decided to use the Noh play “Chikubushima” as a reference.
Is there an inside and outside among living creatures? Do humans have the right to judge?
Imagining the daunting but beautiful Lake Biwa we will create this work with our cast and staff.

Yudai Kamisato

Yudai Kamisato

Born in 1982 in Lima, Peru, Yudai Kamisato is a writer and stage director. He spent his teens in Paraguay, the United States, and elsewhere. In 2006, he became the youngest person ever to win the top prize at the Toga Directors Competition for his staging of "Desire Caught by the Tail", based on a script by Pablo Picasso. In 2018, he won the 62nd Kishida Kunio Drama Award for "The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso". His work as a writer has attracted increasing attention in recent years, with his play scripts appearing in the literary magazine Shincho and translations of his plays receiving performances and readings in such places as Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, and New York. He made his debut as a novelist with "An Exiled Ball Boy", which was published in Shincho in June 2013. His work reflects his strong interests in politics and social conditions as well as explores the theme of synchronicity experienced with others you cannot understand. From October 2016, he spent a year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on a grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and was also a junior fellow of The Saison Foundation from 2011 to 2016.

Cast

Sumire Urata

Born in Hyogo in 1998. She studied contemporary dance at Kanagawa-Sogo Senior High School personalization course. She mainly works as an actress.

Sayaka Shigemi

Born in Tokyo in 1991. She began street dancing at the age of 10. While studying at Kyoto University of Art and Design, she formed “Flower Pattern Pants” and passionately created works that question the relationship between language and body. She performs as a dancer and actress mainly in Kansai.

Yoshitaka Shimada

Born in Hyogo in 1990. Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design in 2014. He is a video artist and mainly works in performing arts. This is his first time to be on stage. Based in Kyoto.


Information

Kyoto with English Subtitles

Kyoto Art Center


Date
Oct., 2019 25 (Fri) 26 (Sat) 27 (Sun)

13:00

19:00

*Doors open 15 minutes prior to the performance time.

★ Post-performance Talk

◉ Childcare service available. Please contact the Kyoto Experiment Office for more information. LINK

TICKET

Tickets:
Adult
¥3,000
Students, 25 and under
¥2,500
High School Students & Younger
¥1,000(Advance and Day)
enjoy the performance while eating a bento box!detail

+ ¥800
*Please send an email to "info@okazaki-art-theatre.com" for booking Bento Ticket.
*Sold up to 5 days before each show.

At the door:
+ ¥500

*Seating: Unreserved.

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Venue
Multi-purpose Hall, Kyoto Art CenterWEBSITE
546-2 Yamabushiyama-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8156
5 minutes’ walk from exits 22 and 24 at Shijo Station (Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line) and Karasuma Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line).
Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival 201910.5 sat.―10.27 sun. WEBSITE
Organized by Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee [Kyoto City, ROHM Theatre Kyoto(Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation), Kyoto Art Center(Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation), Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design]
Okinawa

Atelier Mekaru base


Date
Nov., 2019 8 (Fri) 9 (Sat) 10 (Sun)

14:00

18:00

20:00

*Doors open 15 minutes prior to the performance time.

TICKET

We will start accepting reservations on this website from October 6th

RESERVE


Tickets:
Adult
¥2,500
U-22, Students
¥1,000
High School Students & Younger
Free

*Seating: Unreserved

Venue
Atelier Mekaru basewebsite
203 Mekaru, Naha-shi, Okinawa, 900-0004
-8 minutes’ walk from Kojima Station (Okinawa Urban Monorail "Yui RAIL").
Yokohama

ST Spot

We will start accepting reservations on this website from November 9th

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Set design and Lighting
dot architects
Stage manager and Sound
Ayumu Okubo(KWAT)
Costumes
Chie Ohno
Chief Production Coordinator
Mai Hongo

Production coordinator(Kyoto)
Kinari Toyama, Reiko Hagihara (Kyoto Art Center)
Production coordinator(Okinawa)
Yumiko Torii
Production coordinator(Yokohama)
Tomoya Takeda,Sayuri Fujii
Lighting Advisor
Yohei Sogo

Produced and Production by
Okazaki Art Theatre
In co-operation with
precog co.,LTD. Elegirl LTD., SHIBAI ENGINE(Okinawa)

Co-produced by
Kyoto Experiment(Kyoto), Kyoto Art Center(Kyoto), Naha City(Okinawa), ST spot(Yokohama)

Supported by
Japan Arts Fund, Arts Commission Yokohama