Learn, Watch, Think - Our Theatre Series vol.2
A theatrical production that re-enacts the daily life of a nursing facility in Chikugo.
What surfaces from the site of care work and its story?
At the Kurume City Plaza, we select and introduce motivational works that capture the time and age, and attempt to engage using original expressions as part of the "Learn, Watch, Think - Our Theatre Series".
As the second edition of this series, we will perform Pamilya.
A Filipino care worker who works in a nursing home for the elderly in Fukuoka, re-enacts her everyday work on the stage, and talks about herself and her family that lives in her home country.
Takuya Murakawa is a theatrical director who conducts fieldwork to create productions based on real life events. In 2019, he conducted a research on nursing facilities in Fukuoka, and created this performance featuring the Filipino care worker whom he met there (premiered in 2020). We will be hosting this production, refined, inviting back the care worker who had already returned to her home country. This work questions the nature of giving and receiving care, something which nobody who lives in modern societies can stay unrelated to, regardless of what country.
【Performance in Japanese with English subtitles】
Date and Time
Saturday 17 December (6 pm) ★
Sunday 18 December (3 pm)
＜Performance in Japanese with English subtitles＞
★Post-performance talk by Takuya Murakawa
Ticket Price(tax in)【Unreserved seating】
Under 25 years old：¥2,000
High school students or less：¥1,000
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Staff and Cast
Cast：Jessa Joy Arcenas
Stage Manager：Shuji Hamamura
Lighting：Kosuke Ashidano (RYU)
Subtitles Operator：Noriko Shiroma
Subtitles：Fumiwo Iwamoto, Yumiko Deguchi
Publicity Design：Eidai Nagato
Production Manager：Yoshimi Toyoyama
"In the site of care work
another shape of 'family' appears."
Pamilya premiered in February 2020 in Fukuoka city. Director Takuya Murakawa conducted a research towards 30 people involved in care working in Fukuoka for the production in summer of 2019. There he encountered Jessa Joy Arcenas from the Philippines, who worked at a nursing home for the elderly.
In this production, where the daily events of a nursing facility are re-enacted matter-of-factly on stage, intimate communications through the use of words and physical contact are carried out. By carefully observing this space, we are made to notice communications that may be taking place every day, even in this moment, that we otherwise would not notice. The audience that attended the premiere, imagined a future that could actually happen to people dear to them, or even to themselves, and were seen talking to each other even after the stage.
The opportunity to perform this production again was then lost due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jessa returned to her home country the Philippines, and left her job as care worker. Times have changed, people now communicate with each other in a different manner, and this production will be staged again three years since its premiere. In a world where seemingly everything has changed, what daily life is to be re-enacted on stage?
'Pamilya' means 'family' in Tagalog. In the Philippines, it is valued for the family to take care of the elderly; this stance highlights the difference between the situation in Japan. A relationship of giving and receiving care that differs from family or friend. Different generations, experiences, countries, languages, and a different social situation - a story of another shape of family unfolds once more, between a care worker from the Philippines and a Japanese being cared for.
Photo by Akiko Tominaga
Takuya Murakawa (Director, Filmmaker)
Murakawa employs methods of documentary and fieldwork to create works in fields including film, theatre and art, and has been invited to art festivals and theatres worldwide. Murakawa's work, born between fiction and reality, not only questions methodologies of artistic expression, but explores what raw reality means in the real world. Recent work The Incident (2021) was awarded the Special Award at the 21st Aichi Arts Foundation Drama Award.
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