Parallel Normalities: Empowering regional cities with performing arts

Year

2021 onwards

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Parallel Normalities aims to focus on local residents and their daily lives. By using the fundamental concepts of Natsuki Ishigami’s “Theatre TODAY”, residents will be invited as collaborators and performers of the project, and together, create a daily art-project in public and private spaces. The project’s ultimate goal is to re-discover and present the unique lifestyles of Loei and Shizuoka-city and the meaning to live in both regional cities through artistic ways, and encourage local residents to pull out their own creativity to express their alternative ways to live.

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Theatre Today X Parallel Normalities:”Letter from Dansai”

From one town to another. What do we see around us? What stories are waiting to be told? Who are the people we haven’t met? Parallel Normality, in partnership with Theatre Today, attempts to connect, exchange, and display the beauty of everyday life between two towns, Shizuoka city in Japan and Dansai in Loei province, Thailand, through the lens of theatre-makers.

Dansai is a town surrounded by mountains in the northeast of Thailand - 460 km from Bangkok, close to the border to Laos. “Letter from Dansai” is the introduction note; a way of saying hi to the people of Shizuoka city in the hope for future conversations.

Perhaps 4,500 km distance is closer than we think.

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Given my background, I always find ways to make use of my knowledge and experiences in theatre and try to create something that takes a step further. My works are text-based and inspired greatly by conversations because I see the dialogue as a way people negotiate and navigate the relationship, history, and memory. I particularly love to challenge myself with site-specific projects because if removed from that location, it loses a substantial part of its meaning if not all. It also adds another layer to the work, how I as an artist who is a stranger to the space negotiate and navigate this newfound relationship, reinterpret the history, and create new memory. - Nuttamon Pramsumran

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Natsuki Ishigami 

Born in Tokyo in 1980, Natsuki Ishigami has worked as a playwright, centered around the theatrical group "Pepin Structural Designs" since 1999. In recent years, she has been based in Yokohama and stayed in various parts of the country and abroad, working on site-specific plays and art projects using cities and communities as subject matter. In addition, she takes part in various projects related to cities and space, such as research and planning on urban design and community development, chairing the non-profit art organization "Places and Narratives," and starting up and directing ''The Cave,'' a creative hub that utilizes underutilized real estate.

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Nuttamon Pramsumran

With B.A in Dramatic Arts program from Chulalongkorn University (2016) and M.F.A in Art Theory from Silpakorn University (2019), Nuttamon believes in the power of words and conversations conveyed through art. She is interested in interdisciplinary art and actively experimenting with new possibilities of theatre and performance. She uses “Por Pramsumran” as her pen name as she earns her living as a freelance writer, translator, artist, and a member of Circle Theatre Bangkok.

Written  by: 

Nuttamon Pramsumran

Theatrical Adaptation:

Natsuki Ishigami

Translated by:

Chigusa Tomita

Directed by:

Natsuki Ishigami

Nuttamon Pramsumran

 

Produced and Curated by:

Siree Riewpaiboon

Wayla Amatathammachad    

Yasuhiro Yunoki  

Associate Producer:

Chigusa Tomita

Technical Director:

Tomonori Shimoda

Associate Technical Director:

Satsuki Kusano

Graphic Designed by:

Vittavin Leelavanachai 

Supported by:

The Saison Foundation

Planning and Production: 

Theatre Today

Prayoon for Art

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