Ground and Floor is set in the Japan of the not-too-distant future. The country is heading into decline, and is cloaked in an atmosphere of impending war.
The ghost of a woman appears on the stage. The mother of two sons in life, she thinks the world of the younger one, who frequently visits her grave, and feels bitterness toward the first-born and his wife, who show no concern for her.
Carrying a new life in her womb, Haruka, the older son's wife, is planning to forsake Japan and expatriate for her child's future. Then enters another woman, one who has cut herself off from society and become a sort of exile without leaving the country. She proceeds to rattle on aimlessly in Japanese, a language whose usage is rapidly shrinking. (2. She proceeds to rattle on aimlessly in Japanese, which has become a language that is no longer being passed on to anybody.) The play turns on a conflict of interest between the dead, whose only wish is to rest in peace under the ground, and the living, who are determined to safeguard the lives of those to be born, against the backdrop of a restive Japan not too far over the horizon.
Playwriting and Direction Toshiki Okada Performers Taichi Yamagata, Makoto Yazawa, Yukiko Sasaki, Mari Ando, Izumi Aoyagi Music Sangatsu Set Designer Shusaku Futamura Dramaturg Sebastian Breu Costume Yuko Ikeda (Luna Luz) Anatomy lecture Nao Kusumi Stage Director Koro Suzuki Lighting Director Tomomi Ohira Sound Director Norimasa Ushikawa Video Director Shimpei Yamada Producer Akane Nakamura Company Manager Tamiko Ouki Production Kunstenfestivaldesarts Executive production chelfitsch (Tokyo) Associated productionn precog (Tokyo)
- Festival d’Automne à Paris
- Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris)
- HAU Hebbel am Ufer(Berlin)
- La Bâtie – Festival de Genève
- KAAT (Kanagawa Arts Theater)
- Kyoto Experiment
- De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg
- Dublin Theatre Festival
- Théâtre Garonne
- Onassis Cultural Center(Athens)
- KAAT (Kanagawa Arts Theatre)
- Kyoto Experiment
Special thanks to
- Steep Slope Studio