FIVE DAYS IN MARCH

Genre: Drama, Dance, Other
by Toshiki Okada, translated by Aya Ogawa, directed by Daniel Safer

"Five Days in March" by Toshiki Okada is set in the days before the U.S. began its war against Iraq in March 2003. Two Japanese urban hipsters meet at a post-rock show and get swept up into a one-night stand that turns into five days’ continuous sex. Oblivious to the imminent invasion of Iraq, the slackers obsess over the details of their love affair, perfectly capturing the irony and impotency of Generation Y in Japan today.

The story unfolds through actors who slip in and out of character while casually narrating and playing out scenes. The play, a winner of the prestigious Kishida Kunio Drama Award, is at once anticlimactic and devastating. Such ground-breaking and modern works by Okada's chelfitsch Theater Company (always spelled with a small "c") have made them the most talked-about theater company in Japan. They are characterized by seemingly insubstantial narrative accompanied by exaggerated fidgeting gestures-turned-choreography

Witness Relocation, under the direction of Daniel Safer, will create an American version of this story using an English translation by Aya Ogawa, making it resonate for an American audience by applying their unique, pop-culture dance/theater methodology to it. Witness Relocation’s productions combine dance and theater with the energy of a rock show, exploding contemporary culture into intensely physical, outrageous, poetic, and sometimes brutal performances in order to question the assumptions of the modern day experience.

This unique fusion of forms connects Witness Relocation to Okada and his chelfitsch company: both are known for crossing and combining disciplines and for being equally adept at theater and dance. The New York Times wrote that Witness Relocation’s work “aggressively blurs genres and makes high-low culture distinctions obsolete.” This production of "Five Days In March" will be no exception.


About the Company: Witness Relocation

Witness Relocation combines dance and theater with the energy of a rock show, exploding contemporary culture into intensely physical, outrageous, poetic, and sometimes brutal performances in order to question the assumptions of the modern day experience.

Started in 2000 and led by director/choreographer Dan Safer, the critically acclaimed, award winning company has made over 10 original productions, engaged in a 2 year residency at Patravadi Theater in Bangkok, performed in night clubs, theaters, rock videos and Thai soap operas. Lately they work in the US and internationally.

Open:   05/06/10
Close:   05/23/10

Schedule:
Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30PM
Sundays at 2:30PM
Theater:   La Mama E.T.C.
Address:   74A E. 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
Google Maps
Cost:$25
Buy Tickets Online or Call: WWW.LAMAMA.ORG at (212) 475-7710;
Company: Witness Relocation         Official Web Site: www.witnessrelocation.org