Four theatre companies and six performances will represent Poland at the ricca ricca *festa, also known as the International Theater Festival Okinawa for Young Audiences. The Polish focus at the festival will be part of the celebrations of the centenary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan.
The last week of July in Okinawa is a feast of theatre for young audiences, popular among local families, and at the same time an active platform for theatre artists and professionals from around the world. The festival presents high-quality shows carefully selected according to the event’s motto: ‘productions which can be enjoyed from 0 year old to adults’. The programme of this year’s edition of ricca ricca *festa comprises shows from ten countries divided into several categories dedicated to different age groups. A large part of the festival programme, including the entire Polish focus, are productions performed without words. Polish performances will be included in the repertoire for all age groups.
A nod towards the youngest viewers, as well as the festival organisers, will be the Polish version of the interactive show KUUKI, which means AIR in Japanese. The performance was created in 2015 as a Polish-Japanese co-production and is still shown in both countries. The Polish counterpart of the project is the Art Fraction Foundation, but during the festival the audience will also have a chance to watch a twin version of the show performed by Japanese actors.
The Polish programme would not be complete without Baj Theatre, the oldest Polish theatre for young audiences operating for over ninety years. In Okinawa, Baj Theatre will present two shows: The Little Book introducing the youngest viewers to the world of theatre and offering them an adventure with a book full of fascinating images, and Old-School attempting to acquaint a little older audience with the topic of growing up and old age.
The Atofri Theatre from Poznań, established over ten years ago, will also show two productions, both designed for the younger age group. Mr Satie – Made in Paper presents magical images inspired by the music of the French composer Erik Satie, while Flax tells the story of the eponymous plant – scenes of the performance make up a peculiar patchwork woven with flax threads, arid stems, seeds and fabric.
A unique performance will be presented by the Kraków-based KTO Theatre, operating since 1977. The company, visiting Japan for the first time, will present the production Peregrinus inspired by T.S. Eliot’s poem, which will be staged in various places in Okinawa.
As every year, the motto of the festival is ‘theatre is nichigusui’. Nichigusui is a word from the Okinawan dialect meaning ‘medicine for life’ or ‘medicine for long living’. ricca ricca *festa strives to deliver quality performances with the belief that enriching art experiences can become a nutrient for the spirit.
Find out more about the festival and its programme: riccariccafesta.com
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Performances from Poland at ricca ricca *festa:
KUUKI (Polish version) / Art Fraction Foundation (0-18 months)
- 21st July 2019 (Sunday) 1:00 pm Mekaru Elementary School Community Room
- 22nd July 2019 (Monday) 11:00 am Mekaru Elementary School Community Room
The Little Book / Baj Theatre (6 months - 3 years old)
- 23rd July 2019 (Tuesday) 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum – Museum Lecture Room
- 25th July 2019 (Thursday) 10:30 am Ginoza Garaman Hall (Stage)
Old-School / Baj Theatre (10 years old+)
- 24th July 2019 (Wednesday) 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm Naha Shintoshin Christ Church
- 25th July 2019 (Thursday) 7:00 pm Ginoza Garaman Hall (Foyer)
Mr Satie – Made in Paper / Atofri Theatre (1-5 years old)
- 22nd July 2019 (Monday) 1:00 pm Ginoza Garaman Hall (Stage)
- 23rd July 2019 (Tuesday) 11:00 am & 3:00 pm Mekaru Elementary School Community Room
Flax / Atofri Theatre (1-5 years old)
- 24th July 2019 (Wednesday) 11:00 am & 1:00 pm Mekaru Elementary School Community Room
Peregrinus / KTO Theatre (all ages)
- 26th July 2019 (Friday) 1:00 pm Palette Kumoji Square
- 27th July 2019 (Saturday) 11:00 am & 1:00 pm San-A Naha Main Place
- 28th July 2019 (Sunday) 11:00 am & 1:00 Kanna Dam (Ginoza)
Sources: promotional materials, partners’ materials, originally written in Polish by AW, edited by AK, 8 Jul 2019, translated by AW, 10 Jul 2019