© Kenta Cobayashi

© Kenta Cobayashi

© Kenta Cobayashi

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).

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May 29–30

Tue, Wed → 21h30

Maria Matos Teatro Municipal

Running time
85 min


Age guidance

In Japanese, with Portuguese and English surtitles


Toshiki Okada was born in Yokohama in 1973 and formed the theater company chelfitsch in 1997. Since then he has written and directed all the company's productions, practicing a distinctive methodology for creating plays, and has come to be known for his use of hyper-colloquial Japanese and unique choreography. In 2005, his play Five Days in March won the prestigious 49th Kishida Drama Award and Air Conditioner, was a finalist at the Toyota Choreography Awards 2005. In February 2007 his collection of novels The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed was released and awarded the Oe Kenzaburo Prize. While his stories and plays continue to be published in Japan, his works have also been translated into many languages and published abroad. He was recently commissioned to direct his works in a repertory program at the Munich Kammerspiele, one of the foremost theaters in Germany, for three seasons starting in 2016.
Playwright, Direction Toshiki Okada
Performers Chieko Asakura, Riki Ishikura, Yuri Itabashi, Ayaka Shibutani, Ayaka Nakama, Leon Kou Yonekawa, Manami Watanabe
Technical Director Koro Suzuki
Stage Director Daijiro Kawakami
Lighting Director Tomomi Ohira (ASG)
Sound Director Norimasa Ushikawa
Costume Kyoko Fujitani (FAIFAI)
Associated production precog co.,LTD.
Production chelfitsch, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre
Co-produced by KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre, ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Kunstenfestivaldesarts
Additional Commissioning Support Toyohashi Arts Theatre PLAT, Nagano City Arts Center, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
Co-operation Steep Slope Studio, Kinosaki International Arts Center
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