Festival/Tokyo 09 Spring, Theater/University program
One day, when she is collecting flowers in heaven, spring goddess Proserpina is abducted by King Pluto and forced to marry him and live with him in Hades. In desperation her mother, the goddess of fertility, stopped the growth on earth. Once every year, when Proserpina was allowed to return to heaven , spring returned to earth, bringing good harvests again.
This play was written by German literary master Goethe in the motif of Roman mythology, and translated by Yukio Mishima into an extraordinary monologue. The Myth of the repose of the souls travels across time and space, linking unnoticed to the distorted phantom killings of Akihabara.
Combining pop animation, dance and percussion with the dark monologue lamenting over her misfortune in the after-world, the story of an abruptly claimed life appears with parallels to contemporary Tokyo.
Direction: Yukari Sakata
Text: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Translation: Yukio Mishima
Dramaturg: Kaku Nagashima
(With Tokyo University of the Arts Students and Graduates)
Proserpina: Miho Inatsugu
Dancers: Saori Sakamoto, Tomo Yamazaki, Misato Adachi, Miku Nakamura, Mai Endo, Reiko Yamaguchi, Mashiro Tachikawa
Percussion: Misa Makino / Choreography: Yukina Sakai / Stage design: Junpei Mori / Lighting: Naoki Kinoshita (Factor Co., Ltd.) / Sound: Hiromu Tanokura / Costumes: Moe Sasa, Marika Makino, Akane Sato / Hair make up: Yukiko Sumi / Animation: Saori Takeyama / Voice: Miki Saito / Stage manager: Ryoko Kake / Assistant of Stage manager: Tsukasa Toda / Production coordinator: Aki Miyatake / Special Thanks to: Miyuki Ikeda, Satsuki Isahaya, Naoko Sato, Mao Shikano, Tatsuro Seki, Mino Tokoro, Ai Sekine, Kyohei Takahashi, Nao Nishihara, Mariko Hara / Professor: Sachio Ichimura
Technical Director: Eiji Torakawa + Karasu-ya / Assistant of Technical Director: Megumi Sato / Stage Manager: Saori Banno / Assistant of Stage Manager: Atsushi Kuwahara / Sound Coordination: Akira Aikawa (Sound Weeds) / Lighting Coordination: Factor Co.,Ltd. / Production Coordinator: Tomoya Takeda / Assistant Production Coordinator: Chiaki Tohyama
Presented by: Festival/Tokyo
Co-operated by: J.F.Oberlin University, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kinki University, Tokyo University of the Arts, Nihon University, Rikkyo University