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Mar. 12, 2014
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The 58th (2014) Kishida Drama Award winner is Norimizu Ameya’s Blue Sheet
 
The final judging of the 58th Kishida Drama Awards organized by Hakusuisha Publishing Co. took place on February 19th and the winner chosen was Norimizu Ameya’s Blue Sheet. The subject of this play is daily life after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and it is a stage script that was written in collaboration with students of the Fukushima Prefectural Iwaki Sogo High School. It was first performed on the high school’s grounds in January of 2013 as a studio performance by the 10th class of the school’s Sogo (General Studies) student body.
The seven members of the Kishida Drama Award jury were Ryo Iwamatsu, Toshiki Okada, Keralino Sandorovich, Hideki Noda, Suzuki Matsuo, Masataka Matsuda and Akio Miyazawa. In his juror comment about the play, Noda said: “The play that Norimizu Ameya and the Iwaki high school students has given very clear and vivid descriptions of their encounters with the bodies of the dead after the disaster in words that are easily understandable. Many works dealing with the 3/11 disaster have been introduced, but of them all I find this to be the most alive and fresh with youthful insight and expressed in a way that will most likely remain as a work of drama.”
+Norimizu Ameya Profile:
Born in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan in 1961, Ameya participated in Juro Kara’s Jokyo Gekijo theater in 1978 and in 1984 he formed the “Tokyo Grand Guignol” company that soon won a cult-like popular following. In 1988 Ameya established the company M.M.M. and created a cyberpunk stage style that combined mechanical apparatus and the actors bodies in his “SKIN” series of productions. In the 90s, his activities shifted away from theater toward visual arts while still retaining a focus on the human body, creating works on subjects that included blood transfusion, artificial insemination, infectious disease, quality improvement, chemical foods and gender discrimination. After participating in the Venice Biennale in 1995, he suspended his art activities but restarted them in 2005 with his “Vanishing Point” exhibition. Recent works include Kyoshitsu (Classroom) (writing, direction), Oriza Hirata’s Tenkosei (Transfer Student) (direction), Junnosuke Tada’s Sannin Iru (direction) and Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis (direction).
+Finalists
Norimizu Ameya Blue Sheet (Stage script)
Ikue Osada Chi wo Wataru Fune (Stage script)
Kiyoshi Ori Kokugo no Jikan (Stage script)
Yudai Kamisato (Nomenai Hito no tame no) Black Coffee (Original play)
Misaki Setoyama Karera no Teki (Stage script)
Atsushi Tsuchihashi Arui ha Tamashi no Tomari Gi (Stage script)
Kaoshi Nishio Kanro (Stage script)
Kenji Yamauchi Koritsu no Yusen (Stage script)
+Kishida Kunio Drama Awards (Website in Japanese)
http://www.hakusuisha.co.jp/kishida/
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