Toshiki Okada/chelfitsch [JP]
Five Days in March - Re-creation
On March 21, 2003, American and British troops launched an offensive in Iraq. For the first time since the trauma of WWII, Japan joined the ranks of the armed nations as part of the coalition forces. A young Japanese theater maker, Toshiki Okada, created Five Days in March
, a portrait of a disoriented generation of isolated young people. The performance sent shockwaves through Japan's contemporary theater world with its use of youthful colloquial language, exaggerated subconscious gestures and other body movements, and abrupt changes of character and space, often occurring in the middle of an actor's lines. Five days... earned Toshiki Okada international recognition as one of the most remarkable and radical theater makers of our times.
Fifteen years later, much has changed. A worldwide trend toward nationalism and a stream of terrorist attacks has "brought the war home" for young people in Japan. They are no longer the apathetic youth depicted in the original work. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, there has been an increase in protests and demonstrations led by young people, who are more eager to speak up and taking leading roles in society. Reason enough for Toshiki Okada to rework Five Days in March
from scratch - only the text stays more or less intact - with a group of actors in their early twenties. Today's young adults feel the shadow of war more keenly and sense the changes occurring in society. What present comes into view when they now act out the apathy of the previous generation?
Don't miss Toshiki Okada in conversation with Thomas Walgrave on May 30 at 18h (Meeting Point/Espaço Alkantara)