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By Hamanaka Company

On March, 2011 a woman living in Hisanohama, a port town in Fukushima, Japan lost her husband when he was swept away by a tsunami. This intimate, documentary-style performance tells her story through her own words and voice. Or so it seems.

Kagerou – Study of Translating Performance interweaves sound recordings and video footage of Hisanohama, actors and simultaneous Japanese/English interpretation to create an immersive and uniquely powerful meditation on translation in the aftermath of Fukushima through the life and thoughts of a woman who still lives there.

Comparing the great distances between victim and actor, the English and Japanese language, Fukushima and Melbourne, Hamanaka Company explore objectivity, pathos and sympathy to ask: can we feel intimacy with a tragedy that happened so far away? And what gets lost in the act of translation?


Director Mr Shun Hamanaka
Performer Ms Yoko Ito
Producer Mr Ryohei Yamamori
Assistant Producer Ms Satoko Shimizu
Dramaturg Mr Ryusei Asahina
Lighting Designer Mr Hiroshi Isaka
Translator Ms Satoko Shimizu, Ms Eri Tanabe, Ms Tove Bjoerk
General Producer Oriza Hirata
Planning and Production Seinendan, Agora Planning LTD.
Promoter Agora Planning LTD
Support Team for Hisanohama Ohisa area, Kyoko Takagi

Image credit: Taro Motofuji

Arts House   City of Melbourne    Arts Centre Melbourne    Sidney Myer Fund

Kagerou – Study of Translating Performance is a part of Seinendan Young Directors Series

Arts House gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne.

Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

Kagerou – Study of Translating Performance

Presented by Arts House and Arts Centre Melbourne

Date & Time:

15 – 18 February 2017

Wednesday 15 February, 7:30pm
Thursday 16 February, 7:30pm
Friday 17 February, 7:30pm
Saturday 18 February, 7:30pm

Duration: 50 minutes, no interval

Location: Arts House


General Admission

Standard: $45
Concession*: 35
3 Show Package: $38.25
Student: $30

*Concession: Pensioner, Seniors & Children aged under 16

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