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Can the theatre arts survive in the 21st century?

If Theatre 1 is about the world of Hirata, Theatre 2 is a feature documentary, which depicts the relationship between Hirata and the world we live in. In order for his art and his not-so-commercial company to survive this highly capitalistic modern society, what kind of strategy does Hirata have and practice? 

 

Through the fascinating spirit and creativity of Oriza Hirata, Kazuhiro Soda's THEATRE 1 & 2 evokes a plurality of dimensions cleverly portrayed as

inseparable aspects of the same problem: pedagogy vs. performance, culture vs. politics, individual creation and experiences vs. collective involvement and responsibilities. A tale of art in our time, THEATRE 1 & 2 is one of those rare and precious acts of filmmaking that delves deep into the essence of culture.

- Jérôme Baron

  Artistic director, Festival des 3 Continents

 

Theatre 2 (engeki2)

想田和弘 観察映画第4弾『演劇2』Observational Film #4

2012, 170 minutes, Documentary

Young Jury’s Prize, Festival des 3 Continents