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Uiko Watanabe - OSHIIRI

maa 18/11/2013 > zon 24/11/2013

Choreographer and dancer Uiko Watanabe and actor Vincent Minne work during their residency on a new piece named OSHIIRE. It is the 5th piece by Uiko Watanabe and finds its origin in some personal questions: such as: “What’s the normality?, What’s the family?”

The story of OSHIIRE is a story about a mother and a child. The father is absent.
Oshiire is a very popular architectural element in a Japanese home.
It’s like a build-in closet fixed on the wall where the futons are put every morning and where people put things which they don’t use in daily life. The door is made by papers and opens as a double door.

Most Japanese families put memorial things of children in the Oshiire.
Because houses are small in Japan, small children have less chance to have own room. So they also use Oshiire as little private place. Children enter the Oshiire when they are sad, angry, even when they are happy, and build up their own dream world. But the Oshiire can also be a terrifying place for children because parents lock them in it to rebuke them.
When I was child, I entered in Oshiire many times. It’s nice place to be alone, but it’s dark and small.

Vincent will play the mother. He might wear the costumes of women, but he does not play the role of a women, he is a women. Women don’t play women in the daily life. Uiko will play the child and the dream of childhood.
You see that they are living together peacefully. But there is some of strange feeling and secret inside the family. Maybe it’s because of absence of the father, maybe they don’t understand each other, even if they are a family.
Within the family there is a constant dark, negative presence they accept and try to give a place among them.

The door of the Oshiire is made of very thin papers and when light is coming in , there is a shadow.

OSHIIRE is a dance theatre project in which narration takes a more important role than in the previous pieces by Uiko Watanabe.