The Japanese theatre group Ishinha is known globally for its unique aesthetics.
AMAHARA - When a Gray Taiwanese Cow Stretched infuses contemporary theatre with music and dance from traditional Japanese theatre and explores the themes of immigration and wandering in the Asian archipelagos. A replica of a ship on Weiwuying’s expansive lawn serves as a temporary stage, on which thirty actors performed in synchronized movements. At sunset, you are invited to join this breathtaking journey!
Ishinha is a theatre group based in Osaka. Their style "Jan-Jan Opera" has been established since their play "Shonengai" in Shiodome, Tokyo in 1991. Jan-Jan refers to the old working class district of Osaka where Ishinha is based. Most of the lines are broken down into single words and performers speak in Osakan dialect with an irregular tempo. This is the reason why it is called Opera. Ishinha believe that using an irregular tempo, rather than a regular four beat rhythm like Classical and Pop music, is the best way to show people what the Osakan dialect is like. Not only do they use Osakan dialect, Ishinha also use other Japanese dialects from several districts such as Kishu and Ryukyu as well as other languages such as Russian, Chinese, and Spanish. They also create their own language.
Not only is their speech style special, but their dance/movement is also difficult to define. The motion which is based on irregular tempo might be restricted and simple on the surface but by using many precise movements the motion is like a clockwork mechanism. When more than 30 performers are moving this way it has a celestial effect, like stars or another universe.
Director│Matsumoto Yukichi、Hirano Mai
Stage Manager│Ota Kazushi
Stage designer│Shirafuji Taruto
Lighting Director│ Yoshimoto Yukiko
Lighting Operator│ Iwamoto Sayaka、Yoshidu
Sound Director│Tajika Mitsuru
Sound Operator│Suwa Kazuma、Matsunaga Kazuki、Kozuki Ryo
Sound Engineer│Sato Takenori
Assistant director│Nakanishi Miho
Company Manager│Yamasaki Kanako
Stage Hand│Igarashi Daisuke、Ikeda Takeshi、Uchida Kinya、Kashiwagi Hayato、Hashiba Hideaki、Kinjo koji、Shirafuji Taruto、Yamamoto Shinichi
Cast│Kaneko Hitoshi、Inoue Kazuya、Fukuda Yuichi、Iwamoto Naoki、Ishimoto Yumi、Yoshimoto Hiroko、Imai Miho、Nara Iku、Ishinhara Nanako、Ibuki Yukiko、Sakai Haruka、Matsunaga Rio、Kinugawa Mari、Hirayama Yuzuko、Murotani Tomoko、Yamatsuji Haruna、Shimomura Yu、Oishi Eiji、Matsui Morihiro、Kusaka Nanami、Tarutani Yoshinori、Oishi Yoshiko、Ichikawa Maya