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Ground and Floor: chelfitsch

Oct 4 - Oct 6: Samuel Beckett Theatre

"Mr. Okada...is celebrated as a chronicler of Japan's 'Generation Y'"   The New York Times

Ground and Floor is a moving metaphor for contemporary Japan from Toshiki Okada, one of the leading voices of his generation.

Deeply affected by the huge earthquake that struck the country in 2011, the economic crisis and the catastrophe at Fukushima, Okada uses art as a means to confront his apprehension about life, politics, and Japanese society. Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Noh and featuring original music by Tokyo musicians Sangatsu, this lyrical production from acclaimed Japanese collective chelfitsch sketches out a female character as she attempts to confront the silence around her.Taking up the relationship between the living and the dead so keenly felt in in the wake of disaster, Ground and Floor questions the possibility of thinking differently in a Japanese society paralysed by fear, distrust, and conformism.

Performed in Japanese with English surtitles.

Production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts. Executive production: chelfitsch. Associate production: precog. Co-production: Festival d’Automne a Paris, Les spectacles vivants du Centre Pompidou, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, La Batie – Festival de Geneve, KAAT (Kanagawa Arts Theater), Kyoto Experiment, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Dublin Theatre Festival, Theatre Garonne, Onassis Cultural Center. Special thanks to Steep Slope Studio, Nao Kusumi. Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan 2013.

Talking Theatre: Oct 5, post-show. With Toskiki Okada and members of the company.

Duration: 90 mins. No interval.

Written and Directed by:

  • Toshiki Okada


  • Taichi Yamagata
  • Makoto Yazawa
  • Yukiko Sasaki
  • Mari Ando
  • Izumi Aoyagi


  • Sangatsu

Set Design:

  • Shusaku Futamura


  • Sebastian Breu


  • Yuko Ikeda (Luna Luz)

Stage Direction:

  • Koro Suzuki

Sound Direction:

  • Norimasa Ushikawa

Lighting Direction:

  • Tomomi Ohira

Video Direction:

  • Shimpei Yamada


  • Akane Nakamura

Company Manager:

  • Tamiko Ouki


  • Kunstenfestivaldesarts

Executive Production:

  • chelfitsch(Tokyo)

Associate Production:

  • precog (Tokyo)

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