★TPAM fringe 2018 Participation work
Play|Reiko Takayama [The Ghost Writer]
Since early 2017, I began making theatrical work to those who are no longer here. But by the end of the year, I also disappeared completely. Even though I’m gone, I’m well and still making theatre pieces. This performance is about the time ‘when I disappeared’ and ‘when you disappeared.’ To those who are not present and also who are still here; I welcome all of you equally!

Reiko Takayama Yu Araki + participants
Takuya Fukui

Feburary 10, 2018 Open : 7:00 pm Start : 7:30 pm
Feburary 11, 2018 Open : 15:30 pm Start : 16:00 pm
Admission ¥2,500
TPAM Registrant Benefit: ¥500 discount

TPAM reservation
https://www.tpam.or.jp/program/2018/?program=blanclass-anthology-no3

reservation mail
〈subject〉The Ghost Writer
〈text〉1)name 2)adress 3) mail 4)number of persons
〈To〉 info@blanclass.com

An introduction

I am an actor.

I started doing “theater” at the age of nineteen.
Since then, I’ve been an actor for almost eighteen years.
“Theater” is a funny thing; the actor speaks loquaciously in front of many people.
But there are no answers from the audience seats.
To the actor, the people who are watching and the people who are supposedly there, merely exist as invisible beings.
And we, the actors, treat the audience as if they are not present.

I’ve been doing “theater” for 18 years in front of those who see me one-sidedly.
How many people thus far have watched my “theater” silently and have gone away?
I don’t feel like counting now, but let me just say this.
While doing “theater,” I could see you from here.

You’ve always been there.
I know that.
I’m sorry for pretending that I didn’t see you until now.
So, please allow me to greet you again.

Hi, how are you doing?

Having said that, I’m going to ignore your response.
Therefore, this is “theater.”
According to the rule, you (the audience) can unilaterally see me (the actor), and I (the actor) can treat you (the audience) as if you don’t exist. Ha!
But let’s cut the crap and get straight to the point!
So, please allow me to greet you all once again.

Hi, how are you doing?

Hmm, still no one is answering me, well that’s strange.
Like nobody is here.
My voice isn’t reaching anyone.
Is this an isolated area, or a desert island?
But I know the reason why.

It is because I’m no longer here.
I’m an invisible being to all of you.
I don’t exist here anymore.
So, if you could see me, then it means that you don’t exist either.
You know what I mean?

I will say it again.
I, who are in front of you, am no longer present.
You, who are watching me, are also not here.
We are the people who no longer exist.
So why don’t we stop treating each other as if we are both gone?

Anyways, allow me to greet you one last time.

Hi, how are you doing?

Thanks for answering.
Now, let’s begin the theater.

The performance you are going to see is about ”the time when you disappeared.”

Reiko Takayama

Reiko Takayama
While performing for numerous companies’ works as an actor, Takayama has produced videos and stage works on the side. In her theatre work ”New Cinema,” which was an experimental attempt to merge moving images and theatre together, a new video work was produced in real time during the performance itself. Among her various activities, she has recently collaborated with a musician Yuko Ikema.

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