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Picture 32The three country collaboration (UK, Japan, Korea) project ‘Looking for Yoghurt’ had just finished it’s UK tour. It was performed from May 15th to 30th at Birmingham REP, Birmingham and June 2nd to 4th at Peepul Center, Leicester as a part of The Spark Children’s Arts Festival. It will continue its performances in Seoul, Tokyo and Okinawa in mid July and early August.

If you are around in Seoul, Tokyo and Kijimuna Festa from mid July to early August, please come and enjoy the outcome of the mixture from 3 different cultures! Schedules in Asia tour will be updated soon.

Below are links to the article in the Birmingham Post about the project, Birmingham REP’s cover site of ‘Looking for Yoghurt’ & director Peter Wynn Wilson’s production blog.

http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/theatre-in-birmingham/2009/05/13/a-common-language-in-looking-for-yoghurt-65233-23615287/

http://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/event/looking-for-yoghurt

http://hanyongtheatre.blogspot.com/

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‘The Cat Who Ran’ is a production that our reporter Norifumi Hida participated. It performed in Unicorn theatre in London from February 12th to March 8th.

Credits are
Story by Naoko Kudo, adapted by Toyoko Nishida, translated by Yuriko Kobayashi
Cast: Gehane Strehler, John Cockerill, David Smith, Samantha Adams
Director: Tony Graham

“Assimilation and Verfremdungseffekt in Storytelling”

By Norifumi Hida

The Unicorn Theatre in London produced the show called The Cat Who Ran between 12th February and 8th March. It was an adaptation from the Japanese story written by Naoko Kudo, a contemporary Japanese port and writer of children’s stories. This project started when Tony Graham, the artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre and the director of this production, saw the other show, based on the same story, produced by the ART in ASIBINA, N.P.O. in Japan. The show impressed him and made him produce the British version of the show in London. Therefore, he used the text adapted for her show by Toyoko Nishida, the artistic director of the ART in ASIBINA. As I joined this production, I would like to write a report on what it was like and my impression of the show here.

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In a modern city in the near future, scarred by constant construction and reconstruction, a small Korean girl is looking in a building site for her friend, a stray cat called Yoghurt. She meets two other children, both strangers and both from different cultures to her own. As the sun goes down their fear of monsters and concerns for a broken world take them on an extraordinary adventure; they dig for Brazil and climb above the moon. It is an encounter that will change their lives forever …

‘Looking for Yoghurt‘ is a production for children and young people that three countries (Korea, Japan, UK) are collaborating on. It started with a British director Peter Wynn-Wilson, and his relationships with Korea National University of Arts and professor Young Ai Choi. After the success of their first collaborative production ‘The Bridge’, they have launched another new project. Its scale grew bigger and more interesting when leading theatre producers in UK and East Asia joined: Birmingham’s The REP theatre and Hanyong Theatre Projects (UK), award-winning Korean theatre company Joyful Theatre and Okinawa’s world renowned festival of arts for young people, Kijimuna Festa (Japan).

This is a year long collaboration between artists from Korea, Japan and UK, bringing their skills, cultures and languages together. Simple but inventive staging, humour, live music and outstanding physical performances will characterize this original story inspired by the wisdom of children; The three young people overcome their fear of monsters and search for a brighter future.  

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