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A stormy epic poem reborn
by the Direction of Satoshi MIYAGI

Running from a small village in the countryside to Morocco, Egypt and eventually the world as a trader… This absurd story based on a Norwegian fairy tale was written just when Japan was going through the Meiji Restoration Era. This era is where MIYAGI brings the main character to, and rewrites Peer Gynt to one with a Japanese identity. The amounts of Japanese designs scattered about the stage attests to that. A poem made far off in the land of northern Europe over 150 years ago comes colorfully back to life in a land called
Japan thanks to Satoshi MIYAGI’s novel directing.

Magnificent music and clever stage devices
Triumphant return performance from International Ibero American Theater Festival

. This piece, a compilation of percussion instrument performances done by the actors themselves, is Satoshi Miyagi’s “Festive Music Play”. The magnificent, exciting music of Hiroko TANAKAWA, who has played an irreplaceable role in MIYAGI’s piece the past few years, decorates the unprecedented life of Peer. Another special detail is the board game motif of the stage. The continuous inventions throughout the play nail the spectators’ focus to the stage. Moreover, this piece has been invited to be performed at one of world’s top three theatre festivals, the “Ibero American Theater Festival” in Columbia. This is the homecoming show since its performance there in March.

Theatre/Japan

Directed by MIYAGI Satoshi

Written by Henrik Johan IBSEN

Translated by MORI Mitsuya

Music by TANAKAWA Hiroko

Performed by TAKEISHI Morimasa, ISHII Moemi, KATO Yukio, KIUCHI Kotoko, KIJIMA Tsuyoshi, KONAGAYA Katsuhiko, SAKAKIBARA Yuumi, SATO Yuzu, TATENO Momoyo, NAGAI Kenji, FUSE Asuka, HONDA Maki, MAKINO Ryuji, MORIYAMA Fuyuko, YOSHIMI Ryo, WAKAMIYA Yoichi, WATANABE Takahiko,etc

■2 June at 13:30
■3 June at 13:30

Shizuoka Arts Theatre
Duration:160 minutes(with intermission)
In Japanese with English subtitles

Summary

Peer Gynt is an unreserved dreamer, liar and violent drunkard who says things like “I am going to be Emperor”. At the wedding of the landlord’s daughter Ingrid, Peer falls in love at one glance with attending Solveig. Even so, he kidnaps the bride, casts her aside soon after and nearly finds himself engaged to the daughter of the Troll King. He escapes and chooses to settle down with Solveig. However, yet again, he leaves her and sets out on a wandering journey instead. Many years later upon returning home, he meets a button-moulder and is told that his last days “will be spent in neither Heaven nor Hell, but will be melted into a button along with many others, as a man of moderation”. He continues his search for someone who can explain his extraordinary life, but to no avail. And then, as a last effort, Peer visits Solveig…

Profiles of Artists

Satoshi MIYAGI Born in 1959, in Tokyo, MIYAGI Satoshi studied Aesthetics at Tokyo University where in 1990, he founded a new theatre company “KU NA’UKA” and went on to create many international level performances. He is most renowed by fusing the physical technique and fashion of Asian theatre with contemporarily interpreted text. He took position as General Artistic Director for SPAC in April of 2007. His work won the Grand Prix of the 3rd Asahi Performing Arts Award (2004) and the 2nd Asahi Beer Art Prize (2005).