Moving one step beyond the company's signature style, the use of so-called "hyper-colloquial Japanese and noisy corporeality," chelfitsch has continued to explore a new frontier of theatre. The latest piece is an outcome of the company's tireless endeavor to radically question and creatively update the foundational modes of modern dramatic representation.
The story takes place on August 29th and 30th, 2009, on the second day of which a general election for the lower house seats was held in Japan. Blurring the boundaries between action and narration, the direct and indirect discourse, the performers take turns representing the vague anxiety of a wealthy couple, who are about to buy an condominium in a newly built high-rise. By teasing out the barely visible realities of class divide in today's Japan, the play interrogates the contemporary meaning of "happiness." The script makes a fairly minimal use of simple language while the performers reject a facile recourse to conventionalized bodily representation.
Playwrite / Director: Toshiki Okada
Casts: 7(Male:3, Female:4)