• Synopsis

    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.

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  • Credit

    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)

    Residency support

    • KAAT (Kanagawa Arts Theatre)
    • Kyoto Experiment

    Special thanks to

    • Steep Slope Studio

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