The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood
THE UNKNOWN DANCER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Director/Playwright: Suguru Yamamoto
Performer: Wataru Kitao
Stage Manager: Hideo Kobayashi
Sound Design: Junko Miyazaki
Lighting Design: Yuki Mori
Video Design: Takaki Sudo
Back by popular demand after his North American debut of Girl X in 2017 at Japan Society, Suguru Yamamoto, one of Japan's hottest young playwright-directors and founder of theater company HANCHU-YUEI, returns with his latest one-man dance theater piece. THE UNKNOWN DANCER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD features Yamamoto's signature directing style, in which characters’ thoughts are conveyed through projected words, alluding to the millennial generation's preferred mode of communication—texting. Blending movement, photography, and colorful lighting, Yamamoto reveals the indifference and tenderness of a metropolis where the lives of complete strangers continuously interact and coalesce.
Performed in Japanese with supertitles in English.
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THE UNKNOWN DANCER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD is supported by Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) and The Japan Foundation.
Header and Featured image: photo by Ryuichiro Suzuki