As part of Mirai e no Manazashi Project commemorating the 20th anniversary of the organization’s founding, performed on this day were a dance routine by nine elementary school students created through a workshop that met three times, and a piece performed by all 30 of the regular members.
The audience sits at the same level as the stage, and the performers appear from behind the audience. As the facilitator calls out “Run!” “Look together with someone!” and “Draw a picture with your fingers!” the performers do various things like run and strike poses with great energy.
In the next act called Doki Doki Doki (meaning “heart-throbbing earthenware”), a dancer stands on a wheelchair holding a white ball while a few others push the wheelchair and move as they dance.
Up next is Te-awase Nohara, a piece that incorporates te-awase, a game in which partners place each other’s palms together and move as they feel the others’ movements. Members of the audience also participated on this day. Although they acted shy at first, as they moved while feeling the hands of those around them, their facial expressions and movements began to soften dramatically.