Sort/Hvid takes a close look at the alternative Japanese theater scene in our presentation of texts written by Yoshiyuki Fukuda, Katsumi Sasaki and Takeshi Kawamura. Representing views across three generations, the three Japanese playwrights provide fascinating insight into subjects such as the death penalty, Buddhist existentialism and the struggle for freedom of research, by mixing western inspiration with Japanese themes in their own unique way.
It was around 1960 that the so-called ‘Angura’ movement laid the foundation for the alternative Japanese theater tradition. The word ‘angura’ is a Japanese distortion of the English ‘underground’ and is in some ways comparable to western avant-garde movements at that time. However, its extreme expression and its references back to the classical Japanese theater tradition, gave it its own distinctive character.
The alternative Japanese theater, neither linear nor classical, remains foreign from any Western traditions. Instead it is both musical, dancing and poetic. The present alternative theater scene in Japan to a greater or lesser extent stands on the shoulders of the angura movement that rose about 50 years ago.
Over the course of four days, Danish actors will work with the texts LONG ROWS OF GRAVESTONES by Yoshiyuki Fukuda, YOU HAVE KILLED ME and AFTER GOLEM by Katsumi Sasaki and 4FOUR by Takeshi Kawamura. It is the first time Japanese playwrights and Danish actors and producers collaborate in this way. On the fifth day, the works will be presented to the audience at an open reading.
Red/White is part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Danish-Japanese trade connections and is supported by The Japan Foundation and Danish Arts Foundation.