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Kojin Nishido’s Tokyo Theater Navigation
No.004
T Factory “Ephemeral Elements”
In “Kojin Nishido’s Tokyo Theater Navigation,” theater critic Nishido shares information on much-talked-about plays.

Takeshi Kawamura is one of the most prominent playwrights for small theaters of the 1980s. With the completion of Shinjuku Hakkenden Daigo-kan Inu-machi no Yoru, he ended his 30-year career with theater group Dai-san Erotica.
Kawamura, who established T Factory in 2002 with the objective of putting on performances of his new plays, has experimented as a playwright in a wide range of areas. While he had already demonstrated exceptional talent in storytelling, unable to stay satisfied, he vigorously ventured to wrestle with classical works. For example, he created adaptations of Shakespeare plays and took parts from Greek tragedies and modified them to create his own original work.

Kawamura staged a play at Kichijoji Theatre entitled Ephemeral Elements, a new variation of the theme of Nippon Wars, a piece considered the landmark work of his younger days, performed for the first time in 1984. This new work is an ensemble play based on the theme of coexistence of AI with humans, enacted by a powerful cast of actors working together for the first time. During the run, the company welcomed Takeshi Miyajima, a cast member in the first performance, and did a reading from Nippon Wars.

Kawamura, who won the Kishida Prize for Drama at age 26 and is now in his late 50s, has fully matured as a playwright, yet continues to work to dismantle and experiment as ways to search for the roots and future of stage plays.

Scene from <em>Hamlet Clone</em> (at Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany, 2003)
Photo: Katsu Miyauchi

Scene from Hamlet Clone (at Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany, 2003)

A scene from the premiere performance of <em>Nippon Wars</em> (The Suzunari, 1984)
(At the center are Takeshi Miyajima and Takeshi Kawamura)
Photo: Toshiko Kagami

A scene from the premiere performance of Nippon Wars (The Suzunari, 1984)
(At the center are Takeshi Miyajima and Takeshi Kawamura)

Scene from <em>Nippon Wars</em> (Kintetsu Sho-gekijo, 1987)

Scene from Nippon Wars (Kintetsu Sho-gekijo, 1987)

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