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Nippon Ideology


Nippon Ideology (tentative title)

2022 /

“Once a nation of God. Is this life now a penance? We were born and live in this country. Nippon, God’s country, which kept running to stay ahead of the rest of the world. How might we enjoy or endure this society now? The enframing of ideologies that emerge from institutions called home, school, and workplace”⸺OLTA, an artist collective working across disciplines, is undertaking a performative analysis, over two years at YPAM, of the forms that “Nippon (Japan) Ideology” takes in everyday life. This project looks to an aggregate of sensations created from subconscious wordings, invisible anxieties and desires, as well as ideologies that are reproduced and mobilized daily through education, the Constitution, advertisements, web browsers, and even convenience stores, fast food restaurants, and supermarkets. Has the ideology of Nippon become indestructible? OLTA will present a work-in-progress this year.
※This performance has been cancelled on the first day, 12.9, due to the illness of one of the performers, and changed to a video-based screening format on 12.10 and 12.11.
Text, Concept and Scenography: OLTA

Dramaturgy: Tatsuki Hayashi

Direction: Jang-Chi

Performers: OLTA (Toru Inoue, Kazuhide Kawamura, Takafumi Saito, Yoshiro Hasegawa, Megu Ninja)

Guest Performers: Miho Inatsugu, Yuka Uchida, Kaoruko Oyama, Yuki Kikuchi, Riki Takeda, Yuka Nakagawa, Pijin Neji, Takako Minekawa

Robot Creation: Muku Kobayashi

Songs: Takako Minekawa and Toru Inoue

Lighting: Ludo Takebe, Takayuki Fujimoto (Kinsei R&D)

Video: Ludo Takebe

Sound: Yumeka Hamada and Masatoshi Kato (MUSA ENTERPRISE)

Sound and Surtitle Operation: Mami Okita (MUSA ENTERPRISE)

Video Technical Support: Kazuhide Shibata

Cooperation: Maya Matsuoka, Kei Nakamura, Mitsuru Tokisato

Special Thanks: Yasunori Ikunishi, Hiroko Okada

Management: Kyoko Iikawa, Satoko Shibata
Organized by Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communication

Co-organized by Yokohama International Performing Arts Meeting Executive Committee

Supported by the “ARTS for the future! 2” program of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
YPAM website:
KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Large Studio
281 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023
12.9 Fri 18:00 – 20:50
With a 20-minute intermission
12.10 Sat 13:30 – 16:40
With a 20-minute intermission
12.11 Sun 13:00 – 16:10
With a 20-minute intermission
Language: Japanese
Translation: English subtitles
Audience: ¥2,500
Professional: ¥1,000

Photo: Hideto Maezawa