Shu / Gen, a drama by the Beijing Japan Foundation and Japanese Aomori Art Museum, is being performed by a team of actors from China, Japan and South Korea.
Beijing’s Penghao Theater will be its last stop on an international tour with performances from January 10 to 12.
The performance, created after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, reflects on and contrasts each nation’s approach to life, death and existence. It explores cross-cultural communication and new forms of dramatic expression.
Set in a hotel on the Japanese coast, the story begins with the marriage of a Japanese bride and South Korean groom. Their friend, a Chinese woman, also attends the wedding.
But the March 11 earthquake changes everything.
With dialogue in three languages and traditional and modern dance and music, the drama blends the present and the past. The story is one of life and death, love and hate, self and others and countries.
Koji Hasegawa, the director, is chief director of Japanese Aomori Art Museum. He established his theatre in 1978.
“It’s not easy to feel the emotions of victims. The simple words ‘There will always someone be beside you’ are what the actors from Japan hope to express,” Hasegawa said.
Hasegawa is cooperating with more foreign actors in recent years. He was invited to Theater der Welt 2005.
Dramas by his art museum were entered in the SPAF Festival in Seoul in 2007 and 2008
Shu / Gen
Penghao Theater, 36 Dongmianhua Hutong, Dongcheng District
January 10 and 11 at 7:45 pm; January 11 and 12 at 2:30 pm
100 yuan in advance or 120 yuan at the door; students 60 yuan