Five Days in March – Re-creation

€ 18 / € 15 (-25/65+)
1h 30min

Meet the artists after the performance on 24/05

On the eve of the US-British offensive in Iraq on 21 March 2003, Japan joins the invading troops. This is Japan’s first military engagement since 1945, and it provokes many reactions. Against the background of a historical peace demonstration, the young adult characters in Five Days in March tell their personal stories of everyday life in Tokyo. This year, Japanese theatre-maker Toshiki Okada brings a new (!) adaptation of that iconic creation. The first presentation of Five Days in March (at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2007) was received with great enthusiasm and admiration. It marked Okada’s break - through in Europe and across the world. In his theatrical language, the logic between words and movement is unclear, as if these are two entirely independent forms of grammar. Balancing between the natural and the artificial, Okada uses stereotypical stories to sketch the profile of a generation of young people who have lost their way; their public participation in the demonstration contrasts with the (highest) personal concerns they share. Five Days in March is, once again, not to be missed.

Playwright & direction
Toshiki Okada

Chieko Asakura, Riki Ishikura, Yuri Itabashi, Ayaka Shibutani, Ayaka Nakama, Leon Kou Yonekawa, Manami Watanabe

Set design

Technical director
Koro Suzuki

Stage director
Daijiro Kawakami

Lighting director
Tomomi Ohira (ASG)

Sound director
Norimasa Ushikawa

Kyoko Fujitani (FAIFAI)

Assistant director
Mana Inukai

English translation
Aya Ogawa

Publicity photography
Kenta Cobayashi

Executive producer
Akane Nakamura

Chief producer
Tamiko Ouki

Chief administrator
Mihoka Kawamura

Production manager
Mai Hyodo

Production assistant
Megumi Mizuno

Administration assistant
Takafumi Sakiyama, Minami Kambe

Production coordinator
Yuka Sugiyama

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater

Associated production
precog co., LTD

chelfitsch, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre, ROHM Theatre Kyoto

With the support of
Toyohashi Arts Theatre PLAT, Nagano City Arts Center, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]

Toyohashi City, Toyohashi Arts Theatre PLAT

With the cooperation of
Steep Slope Studio, Kinosaki International Arts Center

Subtitling with the support of

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Toshiki Okada was born in Yokohama in 1973 and formed the theatre company chelfitsch in 1997. Since then he has written and directed all the company's productions, practising a distinctive methodology for creating plays, and has come to be known for his use of hyper-colloquial Japanese and unique choreography. In 2005, his play Five Days in March won the prestigious 49th Kishida Drama Award, and Air Conditioner, was a finalist at the Toyota Choreography Awards 2005. In February 2007 his collection of novels The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed debuted and was awarded the Oe Kenzaburo Prize. While his stories and plays continue to be published in Japan, his works have also been translated into many languages and published abroad. He was recently commissioned to direct his works in a repertory program at the Munich Kammerspiele, one of the foremost theaters in Germany, for three seasons starting in 2016.

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