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Toshiki Okada/chelfitsch

Five Days in March

Part of Out There 21

“Set against the backdrop of the U.S. launching attacks on Iraq, this poignant and intimate production emphasizes the confusion of an isolated younger generation.” —Time Out Singapore

This quirky and darkly humorous work recounts the daily lives of four adolescents in Tokyo’s trendy suburbs of Shibuya and Roppongi during the first five days of the U.S.-Iraq war in 2003. Their colloquial language is real enough, but it allows for a curious dislocation between their words and actions. In the dark spaces between the natural and the surreal, director Toshiki Okada juxtaposes reality with altered time, intimate human stories with the ominous event of a war at its inception. In Japanese with English surtitles.


The seven-city North American tour of chelfitsch Theater Company is organized and produced by Japan Society (New York) and is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan; The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN Program; and The Saison Foundation for the Japan Society’s Japanese Theater NOW initiative.