YES THIS NIGHT–A Midwinter Double Bill

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An amazing mid-winter deal: two award-winning shows for the price of one!

Dates: February 17 – 19, 2017
Show Times:
Friday, Feb 17 @ 19:00
Saturday, Feb 18 @ 14:00 and 19:00
Sunday, Feb 19 @ 13:00 and 17:00
Location: World Peace Theatre in Kawasaki ::CLICK HERE FOR MAP::
Tickets:
Student: 2000 yen
Adult: 3500 yen
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The Yokohama Theatre Group is proud to announce YES THIS NIGHT, a midwinter double bill. Both shows have won awards internationally, and we’re thrilled that we can bring them to Kanagawa prefecture for three short nights in February.

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THE OUTLIERS

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Outliers CoverNote: This is an "all-ages" show, but is recommended for ages 3 and up. The show is quiite visual: English language fluency is not required.

Show Times:
Saturday, September 16 @  15:30 & 18:30
Sunday, September 17 @ 13:00, 16:00, & 19:00
Monday, September 18 @ 13:00 & 16:00

Location: World Peace Theatre in Kawasaki ::CLICK HERE FOR MAP::
Tickets:
Student: 1500 yen
Adult: 3000 yen
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Featuring robots, puppets, and a guy with a bucket on his head, The Outliers is a collection of future campfire stories told by four travellers.

 


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TWO LITTLE BOXES

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Two Little BoxesNote: Comprehension of English is not necessary to enjoy this show as it contains no spoken language. All ages are welcome, but the creators recommend age 13 and up.

Show Times: Saturday, November 4 @ 16:00
Location: World Peace Theatre in Kawasaki ::CLICK HERE FOR MAP::
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Adult: 3000 yen 
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YTG is overjoyed to present the Reallynice Physical Theatre Company's show: Two Little Boxes.

A wordless blend of dance, mime, acrobatics and clowning, Two Little Boxes is Reallynice Physical Theatre's brand new show about why on earth men are the way they are. Equal parts touching and hilarious, the show tells the ridiculous coming-of-age story of A and J, two little boys growing into two little men. The performance runs 55 minutes and will be followed by a short Q&A period.

After a great run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year ('clever, funny, touching' - The Scotsman), the team are touring China and Japan, aiming to raise intercultural discussions about the construction of dominant forms of gender identity (particularly masculinities), filming a documentary as they go.

One of the creators of Two Little Boxes, Alex Gomar, has previously performed on the YTG stage as Count Claudio in 2010's Much Ado About Nothing, part of Pembroke Players' Japan Shakespeare tour. Since then, he's graduated from Cambridge University and moved from Shakespeare to physical theatre, crossing a good chunk of the world on his artitstic journey. We're happy that his current tour has brought him back to us.

Formed in 2016, the Reallynice Physical Theatre company is a dynamic and ambitious international touring physical theatre company, and has as its root aim the desire to facilitate intercultural communications through the performing arts.


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Show Report: The Full Gamut

The Full Gamut was the name of the double bill we performed with Yanomi Shoshinz on September 18 and 19, 2016 at the World Peace Theater in Kawasaki, Japan.

A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup

20160919 MissHiccup Color 8 of 91The first show was A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup, a hilarious and beautiful story by award-winning clown and performer Yanomi Shoshinz. YTG Artistic Director Andrew Woolner met Yanomi while on tour to the Edmonton and Victoria Fringe theatre festivals back in 2010. Since then, Andrew has been looking for an opportunity to bring Yanomi's whimsical physical comedy to YTG audiences and was thrilled when the Kawasaki Tokkaido Festival offered the opportunity.

The play has a simple story: Miss Hiccup lives alone, but is definitely not lonely. She lives in a world full of a raucous cast of sounds and music that make her life an absurd adventure.

The show was truly all-ages and entertained children as young as 1 year old in addition to the many adults who attended the show.

Touch Me Not

 DSC1861The second show of the double bill was based on a true story, and set in the Philippines in the 1930s. Touch Me Not is a play about two people who could not be more opposite. A film-maker obsesses about recreating his lost masterpiece (and his past) from surviving outtakes and scraps of film while his house cleaner demands that he pay attention to the here and now.

Touch Me Not featured YTG ensemble members Andrew Woolner and Naoe Kawamoto (By the Houras well as Kentaro Suyama (Are You...?), and was directed by associate artist Tania Coke (a people apart b, Are You..?, The Other Show), who was also featured.

Both shows used very little language in telling their respective stories, making them suitable for a wide audience. This was YTG's best selling show in more than four years: an incredible feat for a double-bill or original plays!

The Full Gamut: Two Great Shows!

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Dates: September 18 & 19, 2016
Show Times: See below
Location: World Peace Theatre in Kawasaki ::CLICK HERE FOR MAP::
Tickets (for both shows)
Child: (14 and under): 2000 yen (for both plays)
Adult: 3500 yen (for both plays)
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The Yokohama Theatre Group is proud to announce The Full Gamut, a double bill of physical theatre shows presented back-to-back. Miss Hiccup is suitable for the whole family, so bring your kids as well! Watch one show, or both, at any time during the weekend. Both shows contain very little spoken language and are appropriate for English and non-English speakers alike.

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Touch Me Not

TmN BackToBackDates: September 18 & 19, 2016
Show Times: TBA
Location: World Peace Theatre in Kawasaki ::CLICK HERE FOR MAP::
Student: 1500 yen
Adult: 3000 yen
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YTG is proud to announce its next show, Touch Me Not, a collaboration with Tarinainanika’s co-director and YTG associate artist Tania Coke.

Tania is working with YTG Ensemble members Andrew Woolner and Naoe Kawamoto to create the show in rehearsal. The final production will feature four performers, multimedia sequences, and live music. Some of the music will be composed by local composer Takuto Koide.

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Touch Me Not–The Creative Team

The Touch me Not creative team has been hard at work since March working on the show several days a week.

Tania CokeThe idea for the show’s theme and general story was the brainchild of Tania Coke. Touch Me Not is the second mainstage show Tania has directed for YTG, the first being a people apart ‘b’ in spring, 2014. She also created a short piece performed by YTG members at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Taipei Fringe Festival. When she’s not working with YTG, Tania is one half of the Corporeal Mime company Tarinainanika, based in Tokyo. She and partner Ken Suyama create and perform several shows a year throughout Japan as well as teach Corporeal Mime workshops.

Tania brings her show creation expertise, bottomless energy, and precision to Touch Me Not. She also brings some family history: the characters are loosely based on her maternal grandparents.

TMN Rehearsal Photo Set 1 (Green)-34Naoe Kawamoto is originally a ballet dancer by profession. After recovering from a debilitating physical illness in her mid-twenties, Naoe has bounced back. In addition to teaching Pilates for a living, she’s found the time to perform in several Kanto-area theatre and dance shows, including the first iteration of YTG’s By the Hour, which she also helped to create.

Naoe brings her quiet intensity, finely-tuned physicality, and general good nature to the show.

 

 

Andrew At Nerd Nite 002The in-rehearsal team is rounded out by the participation of Andrew Woolner. Andrew is the Artistic Director of YTG and has been pushing for a chance to work on a with Tania for a very long time. Andrew’s current goal for YTG is to build a series of small, linguistically accessible shows that can easily be toured from place to place. Andrew has directed and/or performed in most of YTG’s shows for the last 10 years, but most recently he created and performed By the Hour with Naoe and Kikai-ga-shima with Graig Russell.

Andrew brings his dogged persistence, grumpiness, and dramaturgical talents to the show.

Takuto Koide Less Studio YTG WebOutside of the rehearsal room, Takuto Koide has also joined the team as a composer. Takuto has a background in film scoring and he is composing several original pieces of music for Touch Me Not to compliment several compositions by Estonian composer Peeter Vahi. Takuto was born in Yokohama and started classical piano training at the age of four. After spending his early years immersed in music, he studied at the Berklee College of Music to learn film scoring, and upon graduation moved to Los Angeles to work for professional film music composers as an internship/assistant. He's now back in Japan, and we're happy he is as he brings his musical talents talents to bear on our show.

Early rehearsals focused on bringing certain moments of the story to life. As the rehearsal process progresses, the work becomes more and more specific, and some text starts being added in.

Other people working to bring the show to life are YTG Production Coordinator Brie Dombrowski, Lighting Designer and Tech Jeremy Plant, and Board Member John Matthews.

Touch Me Not–About the Play

 

About

Newsletter__DSC2243A man tries to remember a poem.
A woman sweeps the floor.
He crumples a piece of paper.
She goes to pick it up.

Through acts like these, the drama unfolds:
The man is imprisoned by his past.
The woman tries to reach through the bars.
He speaks in poems and fragments
She doesn’t speak at all.

This is the story of opposites and the point at which they meet. It is a tale told through words, action, music, and film.

Sources of Inspiration

This play takes its title from the novel Noli Me Tangere, written by the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal. At the beginning of the 20th century, an American industrialist living in the Philippines made a film version of the novel, starring his actress wife. She died soon after, leaving him a broken man. Decades later he remained alone, consumed by his memories and feverish hallucinations. Into his dark presence stepped a young woman of humble origin, hired to work in his house.

This story of perfect opposites is the inspiration for our show.

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