• 11.30.2014

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The Cherry Orchard


November 13th - November 17th, 2014


Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory


Adv. ¥3,500 / Day ¥4,000


11/13 (Thu)19:30
11/14 (Fri)19:30
11/15 (Sat)16:00* / 19:30
11/16 (Sun)16:00* / 19:30
11/17 (Mon)16:00* / 19:30

*11/15 Post-performance talk: Mikuni Yanaihara + Takayuki Suzuki
*11/16 Post-performance talk: Mikuni Yanaihara + Masashi Sogabe
*11/17 Post-performance talk: Mikuni Yanaihara + Kaku Nagashima (dramaturge)
Box office opens 1 hour before.
Doors open 30 minutes before.

Continues in case of rain. Cancelled in case of storm.
Regardless of weather conditions, decisions on performances will be published on the F/T website at 12:00 on the day of the performance.
The first half of the performance takes place outside; the second half is inside. There is no audience seating.
Performed in Japanese
Duration: 90 min. (TBC)

One old tree. Three stories of a changing age.

Mikuni Yanaihara Project experiments with language and physicality to create unique theatrical experiences. Yanaihara’s new endeavor turns to Chekhov’s classic play about Russia’s aristocratic world passing into history as a new age dawns. The story revolves around an old tree and the varying opinions about what to do with it. Yanaihara has crafted three interlinked narratives, dividing audiences into groups that move around the venue simultaneously but separately, viewing just one “interpretation” of the dilemma. After the play is over, the audiences converge again and discussion over the different perspectives begins.

Artist Profile

mikuni yanaihara

Mikuni Yanaihara

Choreographer, Director, Playwright

A choreographer working around the globe, Yanaihara formed her unit Nibroll in 1997. Nibroll has been invited to the Oregon Dance Festival, the San Francisco Butoh Festival, Fusion Festival in Berlin, Laokoon Summer Festival in Hamburg, and many other overseas festivals. It has also performed at The Kitchen in New York. She won the Kishida Kunio Drama Award in 2012 for her playwriting, which she has presented under the name Mikuni Yanaihara Project since 2005. Under the name off-Nibroll she also creates video artwork that has been shown at many exhibitions, such as “Roppongi Crossing” at Mori Art Museum. She choreographed the anime feature film “Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror” in 2009. She has won many awards for her choreography, including the Japan Dance Forum Award, NHK Prize and more. Her accolades include the Japan Dance Forum Award and the Yokohama City Arts Award. She also teaches at Kinki University.

Cast, Staff

Text, Direction:

Mikuni Yanaihara


Izumi Kasagi, Syoichiro Suzuki, Yubie Mitsuse, Keisuke Yamamoto, Nozomi Kawata, Yuri Kawakami, Masanori Kikuzawa, Itaru Sasaki


Shinsuke Sato

Stage Design:

Masashi Sogabe

Stage Design Assistants:

Miki Maruyama, Akira Hasegawa


Takayuki Suzuki

Hair & Makeup:

Koji Kasai

Hair & Makeup Assistants:

Chika Horikawa, Ayano Funasaki

Stage Manager:

Koro Suzuki

Stage Assistant:

Eisuke Otsu


Kei Ito

Advertising Design:

Naohisa Ishida

Main Visual Design, Hair & Makeup:


Video Technician:

Takaki Sudo

Sound Co-ordination:

Akira Aikawa (Sound Weeds Inc.), Maki Kinoshita

Production Co-ordination:

Masanori Okuno (precog), Yuko Uematsu, Masahiko Yokobori (Festival/Tokyo)

Assistant Production Co-ordination:

Sayuri Fujii (precog)

In co-operation with

In co-operation with On Visual, Office ONE, TWO, THREE, Ace Agent, STARDUST PROMOTION, INC., MY Promotion, Nippon no Kasen, Haegiwa, Steep Slope Studio, Angle pictures, Kanagawa University Sogabe Studio, matidesign, Akira Hasegawa Studio, Shinya Satoh Studio (Nihon University), Chikage Yuyama, Nibroll

Produced by

Mikuni Yanaihara Project

Co-produced, planned and presented by



Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory

4-9-1 Nishi-Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo


Tel: 03-5961-5200




Exit A4 (elevator) of Nishi-Sugamo Station on Toei Mita Line. 3 minutes’ walk from Shin-Koshinzuka on Toden Arakawa Line.

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Tickets on general sale from 10:00, September 28th, 2014

Early bird discount: All general tickets 30% off between September 20th and September 27th


General Tickets (+¥500 for tickets purchased on day) ¥3,500
Early Bird Discount ¥2,450
Pair ¥3,150
5 Performance Set ¥2,800
3 Performance Set ¥2,975
Student Tickets (show ID when collecting ticket) ¥2,300
High School & Under Tickets (show ID when collecting ticket) ¥1,000

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