“Fierce 5: Behind the Scenes”
“Fierce 5” is a collaborative project of young circus artists from France and Japan, with the participating artists leading the next generation of contemporary circus in both countries. This video takes you to behind the scenes of the premier performance at Setagaya Public Theatre in October 2021, including the creating process and the interviews from the artists.
In this production, Cie L’Oublié(e) director Raphaëlle Boitel has selected Japanese circus performers, featuring a wide array of circus techniques including dance, aerial acrobatics, juggling, tightrope walking, and more. “Fierce 5” is based on Cie L’Oublié(e)’s “5es Hurlants” with a thematic exploration of a Japanese idiom “七転び八起き” about perseverance that can be literally translated as “fall down seven times, get up eight times.” This performance is a homage to the world of the circus and the people who live in it. In a world fraught with constant risk, people continually strive to go beyond their limits– they may slip and fall, but they get right back up again, every single time.
“Fierce 5” was produced by the Japan Foundation for International Creations in Performing Arts 2021. This video focuses on behind the scenes of the creation process from artist interviews to performance which took place at Setagaya Public Theatre in October 2021.
Composition and Direction: Raphaëlle BOITEL
Lighting and Set Design: Tristan BAUDOIN
Music: Arthur BISON
Assistant: Julieta SALZ
Assistant and Understudy: YOSHIDA Aki
Production Manager: FUKUDA Jumpei
Stage Manager: KIMURA Mitsuharu
Lighting coordinator: NOGI Fuyuki
Sound Coordinator: ABE Fumihiko
Interpreter: KATO Ritsuko
Video Shooting and Editing: KURASAWA Eiji
Photo Credit: KATAOKA Yohta
Cast: MINAKAWA Mayumu, HASEGAWA Aimi, SUGIMOTO Shun, MEGURO Yosuke, YOSHIKAWA Kento, YAMAMOTO Hironobu, YASUMOTO Asami
Presented by: The Japan Foundation (JF) (https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/ ), Setagaya Arts Foundation
Produced by: Setagaya Public Theatre
Supported by: Setagaya city
With financial support from: Ambassade de France au Japon / Institut français du Japon, l’Institut français
English and French Translation: Tokyo Hanyaku Co., Ltd., KATO Ritsuko