Five Days in March
by Toshiki Okada (translated by Aya Ogawa)
directed by Dan Safer
"Five Days in March" by Toshiki Okada is set in the days before the U.S. began its war against Iraq in March 2003. Minobe meets Yukki at a rock show. Their awkward conversation leads to five days of wild sex in a love hotel. Azuma sells Miffy a ticket to a bad movie. Miffy thinks Azuma doesn’t return her feelings, so she decides to move to Mars. Yasui and Ishihara go on the anti-war protest. The police escort’s uniforms elicit more comment than the war itself. Oblivious to the imminent invasion of Iraq, these hipsters obsess over the details of their lives, perfectly capturing the irony and impotency of Generation Y in Japan today. The story unfolds through actors who slip in and out of character while also narrating and playing out scenes. The play, a winner of the prestigious Kishida Kunio Drama Award, is at once funny, sad, anticlimactic and devastating. Witness Relocation, under the direction of Daniel Safer, will create an American version of this story using an English translation by Aya Ogawa, making it resonate for an American audience by applying their unique, pop-culture dance/theater methodology to it. Witness Relocation’s productions combine dance and theater with the energy of a rock show, exploding contemporary culture into intensely physical, outrageous, poetic, and sometimes brutal performances in order to question the assumptions of the modern day experience. This unique fusion of forms connects Witness Relocation to Okada and his noted Japanese performance troupe, the chelfitsch company. Both are known for crossing and combining disciplines and for being equally adept at theater and dance. The New York Times wrote that Witness Relocation’s work “aggressively blurs genres and makes high-low culture distinctions obsolete.” This production of "Five Days In March" will be no exception.
5/6/2010 at 7:30pm