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Kojin Nishido’s Tokyo Theater Navigation
No.002
Project Mu “Shin Moujin Shokan”
In “Kojin Nishido’s Tokyo Theater Navigation,” theater critic Nishido shares information on much-talked-about plays.
”Shin Moujin Shokan” was held Jul.8-9, 2017

This year (2017) marks the 14th anniversary of the death of playwright Rio Kishida (1946-2003). Considered the last high-caliber apprentice of Shuji Terayama, she co-wrote a script with him when she was a member of his theater group, Tenjo Sajiki. Since Kishida’s death, we have seen a resounding reemergence in her popularity. Many directors have taken on her plays, and this trend developed into the “Rio Kishida Avant-Garde Festival.”
In 2017—the festival’s 11th year—the highlight play was Shin Moujin Shokan (adaptation by Koichi Fukuda, directed by Hiroshi Ōhashi), which was performed outdoors.

Moujin Shokan was performed for the first time in 1973 by Tenjo Sajiki. Kishida, who lost her eyesight in her later years, poured her heart into writing its sequel. “Although I have lost my sight, I’m not sad, because I have the ability to dream,” she said as she lay ill in bed. This play accomplishes Kishida’s last wishes.
Kishida perfected her literary scripts, and through a woman’s perspective, presented pieces of history and the world. How can such a world of hers be depicted from the standpoint of a feminist or a minority group? At the Nishitoyama Outdoor Amphitheater next to The Globe Tokyo, the play will no doubt pull the audience in as it addresses, through avant-garde means, Kishida’s intentions.

A scene from <em>Anpo wa Tsuzuku yo Dokomademo</em>, performed by Project Mu (written by Koichi Fukuda, directed by Hiroshi Ohashi; Komaba Agora Theater, Jun. 28-Jul. 1, 2016)

A scene from Anpo wa Tsuzuku yo Dokomademo, performed by Project Mu (written by Koichi Fukuda, directed by Hiroshi Ohashi; Komaba Agora Theater, Jun. 28-Jul. 1, 2016)

Kojin Nishido

Theater critic. Professor, Department of Art, School of Literature, Meiji Gakuin University. Born 1954 in Tokyo. Began working as a theater critic in 1978, with focus on underground and small-scale theater plays.

Kojin Nishido