The Japan Foundation, Bangkok and Department of Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, proudly present a Theatre Workshop & Talk by Oriza Hirata, one of the most influential playwrights / theatre directors in Japan, as a prelude to a stage production “Bangkok Notes” (November 2017) to commemorate 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Japan.
In 1982, Oriza Hirata founded the theatre company Seinendan and since the 1990s he has been a leading figure in Japan’s theatre scene with his pursuit and practice “contemporary colloquial theatre theory.” He has been actively collaborating with a plethora of artists from various countries, including France, Germany, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, the USA, Ireland, Canada and Thailand. His android-human theatre with Thai casts held in Bangkok in 2012 was a big sensation at the time.
Here is another great opportunity for Thai professional and emerging actors/actresses as well as general public interested in acting on stage. The organizers are planning to create a new stage production entitled “Bangkok Notes,” based on Hirata’s award-winning play “Tokyo Notes,” with a world-premiere performance in November 2017 as a part of Bangkok Theatre Festival.
Taken place in the lobby of an art museum in the near future, the play “Tokyo Notes” depicts the gradual dissolution of family and human relations in the modern society and is highly acclaimed both in Japan and abroad. It is translated in more than 7 languages and performed at least in 12 cities in 9 countries, including performances by the original Seinendan actors/actresses in Bangkok in 2006.
The organizers hope that the Thai adaptation of Tokyo Notes, transformed as “Bangkok Notes,” will be another masterpiece which will not only inspire the audience in Thailand but also trigger attentions from media and professionals in the international arena.
Before starting its exciting audition for casting (planned in March 2017), the organizers invite Oriza Hirata to have a theatre workshop and talk to introduce his direction method as well as his idea and inspiration why he would like to create “Bangkok Notes” at this juncture.
The event will be held from 14:00 to 17:30 on Saturday 7 January 2017 at Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre with free admission. Advanced reservation is highly recommended at 02-260-8560-4 by phone or firstname.lastname@example.org
A message or comment on the Japan Foundation, Bangkok’s facebook page is also acceptable. For workshop, please mention your request to join as 1) a participant (taking Hirata’s direction and practice to act / 10 persons, in a first-come, first-serve base) or 2) an observer (observing the workshop as audience). The workshop and talk will be conducted in Japanese with Thai interpretations.
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