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by Megumi Tomita – Feb 5th, Okinawa, Japan.

Big applause went on and on and on… Children on stage, their teachers and families in auditorium all smiled. 

Last November, at the community center of Tomigusuku city in Okinawa, the 14th Tomigusuku Warabintya festival was held. – ‘Warabintya’ in Okinawa dialect  means ‘Children’. The festival presented children’s activities at the school or after-school club in their local community. Children of elementary schools, preschools, and even nursery schools participated in the festival.

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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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