“SMALL ANIMAL KISS KISS”
FUKAIPRODUCE-hagoromo was established in 2004 by actress FUKAI Junko. All works are written, directed and composed by ITOI Yukinosuke. The scores match rhymed lyrics with memorable original melodies in a manner that the group playfully calls “Myosicals” – “myo” meaning strange or wondrous. This style soon attracted attention from theatergoers and has won popularity among fans of Japan’s small scale theaters.
This piece was performed in September 2020 during the Covid pandemic. To prevent infection, most of the dialogue and songs were pre-recorded, and the actors lip-synced the show. This company had won fame with its full-bodied singing and dancing on the joys and bitterness of life, so to lip-sync the entire performance was an extraordinary constraint. Ultimately, however, it served to sharpen and bring greater attention to their physical expression.
The curtain rises to reveal plastic pools lined up across the stage, in which actors sleep like embryos. From scene to scene, the show depicts various personalities such as lovers who live apart on adjoining islands, a young father and child abandoned by the mother, two sisters who enjoy eating together, a part-time plastic pool inspector, and a middle-aged man who wishes to commit double suicide with his lover. The scenes are independent stories, but all portray the loneliness of living and a resulting longing for someone at a time when the Covid pandemic has prevented human contact. It is an omnibus-style piece with 12 scenes and 12 songs.
Written and Directed by: ITOI Yukinosuke（FUKAIPRODUCE-hagoromo）
Choreographed by: KIGAWA Sei（DE PAY’S MAN）, NEMOTO Wakana
Stage Manager: YASUDA Michiko
Performers: FUKAI Junko, HIDAKA Keisuke, KOIWA Ayumi, SAWADA Shinji, KIM Yusu, NIIBE Minako, OKAMOTO Yosuke, ASAKAWA Chie, TAJIMA Sayaka, MATSUMOTO Yuka, HIRAI Hiroto（FUKAIPRODUCE-hagoromo）, OGATA Soya（libido:）, IWATA Ritsu（SHIRAKAN）, MURATA Takato, SASAKI Yuma
Music by: ITOI Yukinosuke（FUKAIPRODUCE-hagoromo）
Scenic Design by: ITOI Yukinosuke（FUKAIPRODUCE-hagoromo）
Lighting Design by: NAKAYAMA Nami
Sound Design by: SATO Koji（Sugar Sound）
Costume Design by: KOMATSU Hikaru
Hair and Makeup Artist: KAJITA Kyoko（LES CINQ SENS）
Video Documentation and Editing: SAIKOUDO
Promotional Art by: TSUCHIYA Tomoko（citron works）
Promotional Photo by: KANEKO Manaho
Website Design by: SAITO Taku
Props: NAKAMURA Erito（takatsu sousyokubijutu）
Assistant Lighting Programmer: SHINTAKU Yuka
Sound Programmer: IMAZATO Ai（SFC）
Associate Producers: SAKATA Atsuko, OISHI Jotaro, YOSHINO Kotaro
Planning, Production and Organization: FUKAIPRODUCE-hagoromo, October 17th LLC.
Supported by: Japan Arts Council, Arts Council Tokyo, The Saison Foundation
In cooperation with: The Musashino Cultural Foundation
Chinese Translation (Simplified): Zhenzhen WU
Chinese Translation (Traditional): Muju TSAN
English Translation: Gary Perlman
French Translation: Ryuji TAKANO
Russian Translation: IBRAKHIM Inga
Spanish Translation: José Antonio AMBRIZ
End date of distribution: 19/12/2022