Shown in volume 6 of the "performance lounge" series introducing works by artists exploring new possibilities in the realm of performing arts was the performance piece "How not to think?", and the video "Japan Syndrome in Yamaguchi", both made by artist Tadasu Takamine.
- How not to think ?
June 23 - 24 & 30 & July 1, 2012
Japan Syndrome in Yamaguchi
June 23 - July 1, 2012
- Central Park
- Poster & Flyer
How not to think?
In response to written instructions from the audience, entered via touch panel keyboards, performers behind a screen extemporaneously create a variety of shadow pictures.
The performers in this piece are about a dozen male and female residents of Yamaguchi, all in their 60s. Having the piece performed by people of this age group was a plan Takamine has been keeping in his drawer since the early planning stage. Following shows in Nagoya (Aichi Triennale 2010) and Croatia (Queer Zagreb, 2012), the performance in Yamaguchi is the first in which this idea is finally realized.
Accompanied by the music of an organist, the performers in union do their best to entertain the audience by creating silhouettes of anything they want - ranging from simple tasks such as "old man" or "dog", to reckless instructions asking for "Gundam", "Kintaikyo (bridge over Nishikigawa in Yamaguchi)", "AKB48" or "black person".
- Produce: Tadasu Takamine
System design: Junji Nakaue
Performers: Shimako Atsumo, Atsuko Aramaki, Nobuko Odamura, Kazue Kimura, Toshihiko Shiga, Mikio Tanaka, Shigetaka Fujiwara, Tamiko Fujiwara, Tokuko Masuda, Shu Mitsuo, Masumi Miyanari, Kazuko Muranaka, Kazuhiko Morita
Electronic organ players: Shoko Ota, Miyoko Sasaki, Miyuki Takeuchi, Yumi Ando
Japan Syndrome in Yamaguchi (World Premiere)
Yamaguchi resident performers traveled to various locations in Yamaguchi City and other places in Yamaguchi Prefecture, to interview people about the impact of the nuclear accident in Fukushima. This video shows performances recreating these interviews.
Interviewed were people met in ordinary shops, bars, restaurants, and on the street, at more than 40 locations across Yamaguchi. The "interviews", however, were not done in a journalistic style, but in the ordinary everyday manner of a customer (consumer) entering a shop, greeting, and asking where the items on sale were produced or grown, and whether they have been examined. After selecting a total of 14 recorded interviews, the actual dialogues were written down to be used as lines for the performers recreating the interviews on a stage. The resulting performances are captured in this video piece.
With the two-fold duality of mixing non-fiction and fiction, and having performers play interviewers and at once face questions as dramatis personae, the piece highlights people's mixed reactions to pollution and nuclear power; the presence of "air" that encourages normative behavior; and furthermore, the gaps in interhuman relations that keep growing due to different ideologies.
- Produce / Staging: Tadasu Takamine
Cast: Miwa Ishishita, Yasunori Ono, Hirotaka Saito (Gekidan Shibainu), Nanami Hashimoto, Ryoko Hayashi (touch the bonnet), Koichi Hitomi (Totsugeki Kigekibyoto)
Translation: Yuki Itai
Shooting / Editing: Atsushi Tanabe
- Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
In association with:
- Yamaguchi City
- the Board of Education of Yamaguchi City
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2012
- Color Kinetics Japan Incorporated
- Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]