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chelfitsch Theater Company was founded in 1997 by Toshiki Okada, who writes and directs all of the company’s productions. The name “chelfitsch” comes from a baby’s mispronunciation of the English word “selfish.” The company made its debut with Canyon [Kyokoku] at the Yokohama Sotetsu Honda Theater. It first defined its radical aesthetic philosophy by using an extremely colloquial Japanese in Surprised by Their Hopes premiered in March of 2001. With Five Days in March [Sangatsu no Itsukakan] (2004), which won the prestigious Kunio Kishida Award for Best Script, and Apartment [Mansion] (2002), chelfitsch began to refine its aesthetics by juxtaposing words with a peculiarly noisy choreography derived from everyday gestures. In July 2005, Air Conditioner [Cooler] was chosen as a finalist at the Toyota Choreography Awards. The company’s international debut was in 2007, when Five Days in March was invited to KUNSTENFESTIVALDESART in Brussels. In 2008, Freetime was jointly commissioned by and premiered at KUNSTEN FESTIVALDESART, Wiener Festwochen (Vienna) and Fesitval d’Automne (Paris). The works of chelfitsch have been enthusiastically received at prominent international theater festivals and venues throughout Europe and Asia, including Brussels, Paris, Cardiff, Salzburg and Singapore.
In October 2009, its newest piece Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech premiered in Berlin, in co-production with Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin).

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”Five Days in March”  Editied by Theatre Television/ Directed by Aliance Port/ Produced by precog
“Free time” Film by NHK Enterprise/Produced by precog

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