Five Days in March
Feb 20–22, 2009, 12 am–11:59 pm
Friday-Saturday, February 20-21, 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 22, 3 pm
In March 2003, on the eve of the American and British offensive in Iraq, Japan rejoined the ranks of the armed nations for the first time since 1945.
A couple of drifting kids stay for five days in a love hotel worrying about their futures, while outside in the “real” world, war changes everything. The precarious balance of Five Days in March juxtaposes the grand sweep of history and the insignificant patterns of real daily life. And the insecurity held by urban Japanese youth of the “N” generation (no job, no income) takes form in this startling and indelible performance.
About the Artist
Toshiki Okada is a playwright and director who has gained international acclaim for his plays, called “super-real” for the way the characters speak in broken sentences, like fragments from private conversations. The plays of chelfitsch – a name taken from a child’s pronunciation of the English word ‘selfish’, and referring to a trend of infantilism in Japanese urban culture – seem odd at first. Their narrative is meandering, and even insignificant. The characters fidget in a strange but rich body language, making the small moments of daily life into a kind of dance. And within this quiet setting, chelfitsch makes turbulent works that take us into deep emotional waters. These MCA performances mark the Chicago debut of this stunning company.
Shocking. Every move these 7 actors/dancers make should not be missed.
Running time: 120 minutes
Performed in Japanese with English supertitles
The seven-city North American tour of chelfitsch: Five Days in March is organized and produced by the Japan Society (New York) and is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan; The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN Program; and The Saison Foundation for the Japan Society’s Japanese Theater NOW initiative.