Mikuni Yanaihara Project “Hey Timon, Let’s Think Positive!”

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Based on Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens”, modern version of Timon depicts the lives of people who positively live in how hard and tough life is. This work was awarded the Excellence Award at the “Shakespeare Competition” sponsored by the Kyoto Prefectural Cultural Arts Center in December 2010, and the 56th Kishida Kokushi Drama Award.

Think positive.
That seems what the Japanese needs at this moment. We have lost so many things; and by having lost so much, we have realized that tomor- row is not always guaranteed. We are simultaneously experiencing the night that never arrives and the night that never breaks. At a glance, it may seem extremely horrible: however, it had always been like this. We just were never aware of it, or we had been mistaken that we were aware. We need to understand thoroughly that life and death are repeated under such condition. What should one do for that? How could one reach where one should arrive, passing the boarder? The answer is very simple. To think positive.
This is a story happened in just one second. There are times that everything could change within a second. We could loose everything in only a second. We cannot know how our lives would be a second later. Most of us had taken that for granted. So was Taimon from the Shake- speare, and he deserved the tragic ending. However, our Taimon is different. He is well aware. No matter how hopeless it is to live, there is always the power to resist and think positively. Let us think positive, and let us confront with it. We shall wait until the moment arrives.
This word “until,” in Japanese, could imply both “soon” or “some day (in the future)”. In old days, it had a meaning of “simultaneously”. How we conceive this moment as “the moment that never arrives” or “this moment right now,” would depend on “how positively we could think.” Immense amount of information, a number of words, a life of a person, history and culture of some nation, relationship among people, hope, despair, happiness, anger, sorrow, joy…. All put in one second. Within that one only second, I hope to find confrontational positive existence.

Premiere: 2010
Duration: 63min
Performance recorded: 1st – 4th September, 2011 / Komaba AGORA (Tokyo / Japan)

Official website:http://www.nibroll.com/myp/maemuki_timon_en.html


Written and Directed by Mikuni Yanaihara
Performers :Syoichiro Suzuki, Izumi Kasagi, Keisuke Yamamoto

Video Projection : Keisuke Takahashi
Lighting : Kaori Minami
Set Design : Hironobu Hosokawa
Stage Manager : Koro Suzuki, Chikage Yuyama
Flyer design:Jignasha Ojha, Naohisa Ishida
Video Performers :Tomomitsu Adachi, Takeshi Ozawa, Satoshi Kamimura, Yuhei Shibata, Hiroyuki Seki, Reiko Takayama, NIWA, Yubie Mitsuse, Miki Mori, Makoto Yazawa

Presented by Mikuni Yanaihara Project
In association with Komaba AGORA
Supported by Arts Council Tokyo
Special Thanks : Steep Slope Studio
Produced by precog