chelfitsch Theater Company was founded in 1997 by Toshiki Okada, who writes and directs all of the company’s productions. Named after a deliberate mispronunciation of the English word “selfish,” chelfitsch Theater Company began to refine its textual aesthetic as that of colloquial language representing contemporary youth culture with “Surprised by Their Hopes” which premiered in March of 2001. With “Five Days in March” (premiere in 2004 and awarded the prestigious Kunio Kishida Award for Best Script) and Mansion (2002) the company began to juxtapose a noisy choreography derived from everyday mannerisms to the text. The company’s international debut took place in 2007 when “Five Days in March” was invited to the Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels. In 2008, “Freetime” was jointly commissioned by and premiered at Kunsten Festival des Arts, Weiner Festwochen (Vienna) and Fesitval d’Automne (Paris). The works of chelfitsch have been presented to great acclaim at premier international theater festivals and venues throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, including Brussels, Paris, Cardiff, Salzburg and Singapore. In 2011,” Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech” received the critics’ award from the Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre for the 2010-2011 season.The troupe continues to update its methodology, which revolves around the relationship between speech and body. Since “Current Location”, which debuted in 2012, it has created works that are exploratory forays into the realm of fiction. “Ground and Floor” premiered as a play commissioned for the Kunsten Festival des Arts 2013 in May 2013 and “Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich” commissioned for Theater der Welt 2014 in May 2014. chelfitsch was part of the staging of "Time's Journey Through a Room," a joint production of companies from eight cities around the world, at Kyoto Experiment in March 2016.