Polyglot in Japan

Kids Are The Boss with Polyglot Theatre’s return to Japan

Polyglot Theatre returns to Minamisanriku, Japan in May to develop a new Drawbridge work in collaboration with Acchi Cocchi, bringing together children and temporary housing residents in a new creative project. This makes the second time Polyglot and Australian artists have worked with the local community, which was devastated by the tsunami and earthquakes in 2011. See our 2013 project below.

Focussing on the intergenerational connection between children and temporary housing residents, artists will create a work of art based on participants shared childhood songs and games. Through design, music and comic book art, participants will explore the growth and resilience of the devastated community, as well as engaging in cultural exchange between Polyglot Theatre’s Australian artists and Acchi Cocchi’s Japanese artists.

“With this project we’re bringing children’s play back into focus, reconnecting the displaced residents in the community with children to explore family relationships and how they play out for kids and older people,” says Sue Giles, Polyglot Theatre’s Artistic Director. “It is enriching for Polyglot with our artistic practice to share in rebuilding community spirit through an active, creative experience.”

Using Kamishibai (a historical form of illustrated performance still used in Japanese classrooms today), Polyglot artists will work with temporary housing residents to expand their childhood stories and images into a contemporary experience understood by children in the community today. Children will contribute drawings and interpret experiences to add to the illustrated Kamishibai performance.

The project will take place over two weeks at the Iriya Elementary School, where temporary housing is still located. Kids Are the Boss will be toured to kindergartens in the town, as well as celebrating community at an official BBQ at Koala House.

Kids Are The Boss is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation. This project is also supported by the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The project is also supported by the ANZ Japan.

Polyglot Theatre is Australia’s leading creator of contemporary participatory theatre experiences for children and families, with a busy international activity schedule: http://www.polyglot.org.au/projects/international-collaboration/

Acchi Cocchi is a music and play company from Yokohama Japan, engaged in ongoing recovery work in the Tohoku region. http://acchicocchi.com/

Polyglot Theatre and Acchi Cocchi present
Kids Are The Boss
25 May – 8 June
Iriya Elementary School, Minamisanriku, Japan

For further information: Catherine French | Polyglot Theatre | catherine@polyglot.org.au | + 61 3 9826 3301

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