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Sunday, January 08, 2012

文化座カナダ西海岸公演『千羽鶴』 Bunkaza Theatre Company in Canada: One Thousand Cranes

MEDIA RELEASE: December 14, 2011

Play unites Japanese and Canadian artists for peace


One Thousand Cranes
By Colin Thomas - translated by Toyoshi Yoshihara, directed by Jun Isomura

Performed in Japanese by Bunkaza Theatre Company (Tokyo), with accompanying English surtitles and storytelling by Nan Gregory
Frederic Wood Theatre
Friday, February 10, 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 11, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Colin Thomas' award-winning play weaves together the stories of two twelve-year-olds: Sadako, the girl whose death by radiation-induced leukemia is commemorated in Hiroshima's monument of one thousand cranes; and Buddy, a Canadian boy whose life is being overtaken by his fears of nuclear war.

A year after the recent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, this beautifully crafted show from Tokyo puts a human face to nuclear fallout. It also coincides with the UBC Museum of Anthropology’s exhibition ひろしま hiroshima by Ishiuchi Miyako, an installation of 48 photographs of clothing and personal items left behind by victims of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima (on view through February12).
Tickets Adults $32/seniors $28/students $24/Family Pack $50 (max 2 adults & 2 children under 12, available by phone or in person only)
Box Office 604.822.2678 or http://ubctheatre.universitytickets.com/

Address Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Road, UBC

Map http://bit.ly/r0HOtC

More http://www.theatre.ubc.ca/

Presented by UBC Dean of Arts. Co-sponsors: The Metropolitan Tokyo Government; Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver; UBC St. John's College; UBC Museum of Anthropology; Theatre at UBC; Vancouver Save Article 9; and Tonarigumi. Performed in conjunction with the exhibition ひろしま hiroshima by Ishiuchi Miyako, at the UBC Museum of Anthropology through February 12, 2012. Image courtesy Bunkaza Theatre Company.

Media Contact: Deb Pickman
604.319.7656 publicity.theatre@ubc.ca

劇団文化座 Bunkaza Theatre Company and One Thousand Cranes
Established in 1942, Bunkaza is one of the oldest contemporary theatre companies in Japan. With 45 fulltime company members, most of their repertoire deals with oppressed grass-roots people who strive for the betterment of their lives. Bunkaza has a special interest in Canadian theatre and has produced, besides One Thousand Cranes, such Canadian plays as The Tomorrow Box by Anne Chislett, Blood Relations by Sharon Pollock, and Odd Jobs by Frank Moher, all with translation by Toyoshi Yoshihara. The Bunkaza version of One Thousand Cranes premiered in 1985 in Tokyo. The company has since toured Japan, giving more than 200 performances of the play.

1942年に設立された文化座は、長い歴史と45名に及ぶ専属団員を誇る現代劇制作集団です。その演目には、平和でより良い生活を目指して戦う庶民の姿を描いた作品が多く、「千羽鶴」のほか、アンチスレット作「びっくり箱」、フランク・モハー作「こんにちは、おばあちゃん」などのカナダ戯曲も上演しています。「千羽鶴」日本版は1985年の初演以来全国各地を巡演、総上演回数200を超える実績を上げるに至っています。

カナダの劇作家コーリン・トーマス原作による『千羽鶴』(吉原豊司翻訳)。広島で被爆し「原爆の子の像」のモデルともなった佐々木禎子さんの物語を通じ、核兵器に怯えるカナダの少年の心の変化、成長を描きます。




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