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 Taichi-Kikaku has performed in more than 24 countries around the world.

 Their vision of art could be called "Shintaishi” or “Body Poetry", which could be

 explained by "a new theatre beyond words".





   Shintaishi (Body Poetry)

 

   TAICHI-KIKAKU is Japanese theatre performance group

   established in 1985.

   From 1988, we had performances in Paris every year.

 

   We had the pleasure to perform in different countries as Italy,

   Greece, Poland, Rumania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Croatia,

   Hungary, Bosnia Herzegovina, Belgium, England, Finland,

   Canada, Israel, Egypt, Hong-Kong, Viet-nam, Senegal,

   Ivory Coast, Estonia, and Korea.


   Moreover in 1995 we won the Best Actor Award at the 7th

   CAIRO international experimental theatre festival.


   It is not to be said that we perform every year in Japan.


   Our performance is not just play-acting, not exactly dance, neither pantomime.

   What the group TAICHI-KIKAKU performs is BODY POETRY.

 

   BODY POETRY is an original method of body expression created by TAICHI-KIKAKU,

   based on its performing  experiences accumulated in Japan and all over the world.

   It is composed by a mixture of body expression, image(film), voice,  poem,music and idea.


   It intends to develop a work about the existence of the universal soul - the common

   property shared by all human beings. That is what we mean by BODY POETRY.


   It is to develop a work about the ancient Japanese Manyo animism, not in religious term,

   but as a work of art.

   It is beyond language and easily understandable by the audience of every country.

   This new theatre, which doesn't need translation nor subtitles, brings out the importance of      

   universality, the expression and exchanges of spiritual energy shared by all countries,

   cultures and languages.

   Director Lumiko Morimura's artistic world expresses her vision of life and death, of   

   metempsychosis or reincarnation as well as moral science, not through religion,

   but through art.    Mrs. Morimura's world could be described as body poetry told with

   spiritual energy and has fascinated audiences from all over the world.



   TAICHI-KIKAKU appeared in the English book.

   The Greatest Shows on Earth   World Theatre from Peter Brook to the Sydney Olympics ★ ★

    





  The Primordial Art


   The Primordial Art is the main thema chosen by Rumiko Morimura, the leader of

   TAICHI-KIKAKU.


   The purpose is to develop a work about the ancient Japanese Manyo animism,

   not in religious terms,   but as a work of art.

   Going back to very biginning,  to that primitive art which was one with religion,

   the group seeks its original way of expression.

   It intends to develop a work about the existence of the universal soul -

   the common property shared by all human beings.

   That is what we mean by the Primordial Art.


   The Primordial Art is also to perform the theme "What About The Future"

   along with the audience.

 







   Body Poetry   ”Joy Island” 


    This is Joy Island that three people’s fantasy island.

    One poetess who lives in the other world.

    One actor whose ambition is to play of King Lear

    and One postman who is a messenger

    between two friends of long standing,

    A and B whose are living in opposite worlds.


  Production;

  A “physical poem” by Director Rumiko Morimura

  [Joy Island] is full of artistic magical power

  and power of the earth like magma on the stage.

  Rumiko created “ a new style of physical poetry in space”

  which is based on ‘KI’ (spirit).

  Her Theatre company, called TAICHI-KIKAKU has

  performed publicly in 20 differrent countries

  including Sarajevo International Festival in October 2000.

  The idea of ‘Joy Island’ was started at a graveyard in

  Sarajevo where a lot of teenagers were buried.

  This performance is her appeal to all the spirits in the graves.

  The performance includes a live play and a documentary film

  taken in Sarajevo and in the Nara-Chougakuji temple,

  a cultural heritage site in Japan.



 Writer, Director;  Lumiko Morimura

 Actors;  Yosuke Ohashi,

               Asahi Yoshida,

               Rumiko Morimura

 Picture;  Eisei Tabuchi

 Producer;  Yosuke Ohashi


    

  


“Golden Fish - Metempsychosis” (90 minutes)          






The human being continues to exist in this world as well as

in the outer world, repeating the metempsychosis.

He exists in this world like he was part of a theatre play for

a while and would leave to the outer world abandoning

everything without hesitation, a suitcase full of his

memories, souvenirs and imaginations of this world...


The golden fish slowly comes from the western sky moving

its caudal fin at the moment, at the time of death, the soul

leaves the body of each human being.

After having wrapped the dying body, it returns, floating

in the wind, toward the western sky.


When its body crosses the sunset, its silver scales became

golden in the light, hence the name of golden fish.

He is the guide who leads the soul from this world to the other.

It is said that human beings can see it only once, when they

are about to pass away.

However, very rarely and exceptionally, it seems that there

are some people who have seen it before death and will spend

the rest of their lives thinking of the golden fish, longing.

 





“Friend 2012  ~ soul mate ~”

 

A huge number of people have been separated

from their family, relatives and friends by

the catastrophic earthquake on March 11, 2011.

This ironically reminds us the very simple

but important idea: we never live without ties

with others.


We, Taichi-kikaku, have skepticism to excessive

emphasis on modern technology because

we think it results in weakening or even

devastating bonds of people.


We put light on primitive bonds of people

depicting friendship in this work, as well as

emits a question to people:‘Are you really happy?’


A series of footages imposed between performances

were taken in Africa and Egypt.

You can see Ohashi and Morimura, performers

of Taichi-kikaku, communicated with villagers

throughout their bodies and tried to make firm

bonds to them.


We would be very happy if audience could feel

the inherent values of human beings through this work.

 


“Friend 2012 ~ soul mate”  Review ★ ★






        

Recorded of Overseas Performmances


1988  March

Espace Japon (Paris France)


1989  August

Theatre Le Ranelagh

  (Paris France, for the 200th French  Revolution)

September

participation in the movie “La Nuit Miraculeuse”

  (directed by Theatre de Soleil, Aliane Mnouchkine)


1990  September 

Participation in MARS (Paris, France)

October   

The 9th International Festival Open Theaters in Wroclaw

 (Wroclaw, Poland)

Service Cultural et d'Information Ambassade de Japon en France (Paris, France)


1991   Europe tour   October 

Service Cultural et d'Information Ambassade de Japon   en France (Paris, France)      

ISTITUTO GIAPPONESE DI CULTURA (Rome, Italy)

THEATRO OLIMPIA (Sassari, Italy)

THEATRE OF MACEDONIAN STUDIES  (Thessaloniki, Greece, The Dimitria Festival)


1992 January   

Fringe Studio 2 (Hong-Kong, Hong-KONG Festival Fringe)

October   Activities in Africa            

performance at The Centre Culture France  (in Abidjan,   Cote d'Ivoire)

performance at Dyoulabougou village  (in Glandlahou, Cote d'Ivoire)

first shots for the movie “Je suis en Afrique", with the  

  cooperation of Ivoirean actors and movie director.

November 

Workshop in Paris (with Yoshi Oida) 


1993   Activities in Africa  October   

"Je suis en Afrique" (Film)

"The Beans Trip - African version" (play)  

abidjan (C.C.F.Theatre) 

Bouake (Palais du Carnaval) 

Sakassou (a local meeting place) 

Glandlahou (an open space in the market) 

Yopougon (Theatre sans Frontieres)   

November  

Service Cultural et d'Information Ambassade de Japon en France (Paris, France)


1994  July     

“BERGAMO FILM FESTIVAL '94”  (The film “Je suis en Afrique” was officially

 invited to   participate in this International Movie Festival)

October   

Ambassade Japon (Paris, France)


1995  September 

The 7th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre 

 (Al-Takia Theatre in Cairo Egypt)


*Received the BEST ACTOR AWARD

(TAICHI-KIKAKU received the first international award   in this festival of Cairo)


  

The cultural Palace of Kafer EL Shorafa  (Kafer EL Shorafa, Egypt)

Haifa Museum (Haifa, Israel)

Octorber   France tour

Service Cultural et d'Information Ambassade de Japon (Paris)

Centre socio-culturel du Fosse-des-Treize (Strasbourg)

Cameleon (Besancon)


1996       Israel tour     September 

Haifa museum (Haifa)

Tikotin museum (Haifa, took part in “Japan Day")

Maalot Festival (Maalot)

Octorber    France tour

Service Cultural et d'Information Ambassade de Japon (Paris) 

Cameleon (Besancon)

MJC Dole (Dole, invited by Maison des Junes et de la Culture)


1997  June    

The Hanoi institute of theatre and cinema (Hanoi, Viet-Nam, invited by

 Ministry of Culture and  Information of Viet-Nam)


 France tour  

Service Cultural et d'Information Ambassade de Japon (Paris) 

Cine-bal de Aubette (Strasbourg)

C.L.A. (Besancon, took part of HAIGO Festival)


1998  May.June  East Europe tour           .

Sibiu International Theater Festival (Rumania)

Varna International Theater Festival (Bulgaria) 

MOT  International Theater Festival (Macedonia)


1999  Sept.Oct.

Zagreb (Croatia)

Internatinal Moving Theater Festival (Budapest,Hungary)

Workshop in Paris


2000  Oct.Nov.Dec

Sarajevo(Bosnia Herzegovina)

Abidjan(Cote d'Ivoire)

Workshop & performance in Paris


2001  Nov.

Dakar(Senegal)

Workshop & performance in Paris


2002

Workshop in Bruxelles (Belgium)

Workshop in Chester (England)


2003

Lithuania

Workshop & performance in Pari s

Workshop & performance in Chester, Manchester (England)

  (go and take a look at the Edinburgh Theater Festival)


2004

 (go and take a look at the Avignon Theater Festival)


2005

Sibiu International Theater Festival (Rumania)


2006

Workshop & performance in Montreal (Canada)


2008 

Workshop & performance in

   Chester, Manchester, Riverpool, Coventry (England)


2010  Aug.

Workshop & performance in

   Helsinki, Vantaa, Kokkola (Finland)


2012  May

Workshop & performance in

   Helsinki (Finland), Viljandi(Estonia)


2014  May

Workshop & performance in

    Seoul, Chuncheon(Korea)




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