Norimizu Ameya

Born in 1961, Norimizu Ameya was placed in charge of the sound technician at Jokyo Gekijo Theater headed by Juro Kara in 1978 before organizing Tokyo Gran Guignol and going independent as a director in 1984. He shifted the center of his activities to contemporary art beginning in the 1990s. In 1995, he exhibited the work “Public Semen” at the Venice Biennale, and opened “A Pet Shop” exclusively for rare animals, which he began raising and selling. In 2005, he resumed artistic activities in an exhibit titled “Va ng nts” (in which the words “vanishing points” emerge when the blanks are filled in). For this exhibit, he spent 24 days in a box with only the minimum requisite food. He has since broadened his creative activities around the theme of interest in the essence of life, without sticking to theater, art, or any other particular genre. He resumed full theatrical activities with “Tenkosei (Transfer Student)”, a play that debuted in 2007, and took part in four consecutive installments of Festival/Tokyo beginning in 2009. He participated in Kunisaki Art Project 2012 and the Kunisaki Art Festival in 2014, when he also produced the art tour “Irikuchi Dekuchi” (“Entrance Exit”). In 2013, he staged “Blue Sheet,” which he wrote for studio performance, at Fukushima Prefectural Iwaki Sogo High School, and won the 58th Kishida Kunio Drama Award for it. In the same year, he staged “Classroom,” a children’s play with a cast of three consisting of his own family, at the Osaka International Art Festival for Kids. This was followed in 2015 by “Korvatunturi,” a theatrical adaptation of a novel by Sumito Yamashita. In addition, he has appeared as an actor in works by Takahiro Fujita, Mum & Gypsy, and Yasunori Ikunishi, and collaborated with musicians of other generations, such as Yoshihide Otomo, Fukuyuki Yamakawa, Tavito Nanao, Tenniscoats, MARK, and Ichiko Aoba. His wide-ranging activities extend to work with Grand Guignol Mirai, a unit organized with the art critic Noi Sawaragi.

2014 “Blue Sheet” The 58th Kishida Kunio Drama Award

Published works
1997 Book “Do you know how to live with rare animals?” (Chikumashobo Ltd.)
2007 E-book “Do you know how to live with rare animals?” (Bungeishunju Ltd.)
2014 Drama collection “Blue Sheet” (Hakusuisha Publishing Co., Ltd.)
2017 Novel “His daughter” (Bungeishunju Ltd.)


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