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KAWAMURA Takeshi
Born: 1959
Function: stage director playwright
Company: T Factory


Profile:
Kawamura was born in Tokyo. In 1980, while a student at Meiji University, he established the Daisan Erotica theater company, writing and directing all their productions. In 1985, he won the Kishida Drama Award for Shinjuku hakken-den: dai-ikkan, inu no tanjo (Legend of Shinjuku's Eight Dogs, Vol. 1, Birth of the Dog), inspired by the epic novel Nanso Satomi hakken-den (Legend of Nanso Satomi Clan and the Eight Dogs) by Takizawa Bakin (1767-1848), and set in the underworld of Shinjuku's Kabukicho district. Many of his early plays are spectacular sci-fi stories set in a war-ravaged Japan of the near future while others move between past and future, and have earned him critical acclaim at home and abroad. In recent years he has also written many plays for other organizations, his focus being on social and human problems such as his series Kami naki kuni no yoru (Nights in a Godless Land) that depicts the sense of foreboding many Japanese people feel today. He has also been collaborating with artists in other Asian countries, and in 2002 he set up the company T Factory in order to stage his new works. Since 2007 he has been a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design, where he is head of the Department of Performing Arts.
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Photo: Miyauchi Katsu; Morishita studio production, 2003
Hamuretto kuron (Hamlet Clone)
2000
This play was inspired by Hamletmachine by the East German playwright Heiner MuNller. Underpinning the performance of Hamlet is the story of adysfunctional family, and the stresses and confusion of contemporary Japan are illustrated with fragmentary inserts depicting social ills such as terrorism and political corruption, compensated dating, gender discrimination, and so forth. The play was created through workshops held over the course of a year in 1999. It has been translated into English and German, and performed abroad in Melbourne in 2001, Paris in 2002, Germany in 2003, and Brazil in 2004, and again in Japan to a rapturous reception, and at theater festivals in various countries. It has been continually developing since undergoing a major revision in 2003.

First staged: 2000
Acts/scenes: 1 act
Cast: 21 (12 male, 9 female)
First staged by: Daisan Erotica
[Translations] English/German/French: available from T Factory



Photo (KOMACHI): Miyauchi Katsu
Gendai nogakushu: Aoi/Komachi (Contemporary No Plays: Aoi/Komachi)
2003
Aoi: A charismatic beautician, Hikaru, has been having an affair with his wealthy, married client Rokujo, but things develop into a twisted love triangle with the appearance of Aoi, a sickly young beauty with long black hair.
Komachi: An unsuccessful movie director wanders into an old movie house where he meets an old woman who had starred in a propaganda movie made during the war, and is drawn into a magical space.
These plays are based on the No dramas Aoi no ue (Lady Aoi) and Sotoba Komachi (Komachi on the Stupa). They have been translated into French, German, and Italian, and were performed in a reading directed by Kawamura in France in 2005. In 2007, they were again performed in Japan and in North America.

First staged: 2003
Acts/scenes: Aoi 1 act, Komachi 1 act
Cast: Aoi 4 (2 male, 2 female), Komachi 3 (all male)
First staged by: Co-production between Setagaya Public Theatre & Kyoto Performing Arts Center
[Translations] English/French/German/Italian: available from T Factory


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