“Romeo OR Juliet”

Led by choreographer YANAIHARA Mikuni, artists’ collective Nibroll is known for its eschewal of mannered, orderly dance performance in favor of works that constantly explore the potential in marginal forms of expression. In keeping with YANAIHARA’s status as a former winner of Japan’s foremost drama award, this work employs a wealth of theatrical devices, bolstered by video projections from TAKAHASHI Keisuke and musical arrangements by SKANK, which give further shape to the play’s central concept. The title stands out for its use of the conjunction “or” as a bridge between the familiar names of Romeo and Juliet, and the production begins with performers whose outfits reject traditional gender signifiers by pairing shirts and coats not with skirts or trousers, but with shorts. This play is primarily concerned with borders––the liminal boundaries that define us and the world we inhabit. Far from being the sole preserve of Romeo and Juliet, love goes beyond such heteronormative conventions, and each of us is free to bestow our affections on Romeo or Juliet. There are no borders.

Setagaya Public Theatre

Presented by: The Japan Foundation (JF) (https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/)
In cooperation with EPAD (https://epad.terrada.co.jp/)

Choreographed by : YANAIHARA Mikuni
Performers: TAKAGI Mayu, YOU Shigeya, KURODA Anna, HARADA Yu,

Music by: SKANK
Scenic Design by : HISANO Keitaro
Video projections: TAKAHASHI Keisuke
Light Design by : MORI Noriyuki
Hair & makeup: SUDA Rie
Production: precog
Organized by: Nibroll (https://www.nibroll.com/)
Supported by Japan Arts Council, Arts Council Tokyo
Sponsored by YAEZAWA CO.,LTD. tanaka.and.co.ltd
In cooperation with Setagaya Public Theatre
& Special thanks to Steep Sloap Studio

<Subtitling Credits>
Chinese Translation (Simplified): Zhenzhen WU
Chinese Translation (Traditional): NITTA Yukio
English Translation: David MCMAHON
French Translation: FUJIMOTO Satoko
Russian Translation: Inga IBRAKHIM
Spanish Translation: José Antonio AMBRIZ

<Promotional Text>
Translated by: David McMAHON (English)

End date of distribution: 19/10/2022