Kafka on the shore

after Haruki Murakami, staging by Yukio Ninagawa

from 15 to 23 February 2019 - Main Theater

from Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm

show in Japanese with surtitles in French

We all lose things that are precious to us all the time [...]
Valuable opportunities, possibilities, feelings that we can't find again.
That is also what living is all about.

"Kafka on the shore"

fr Kafka on the Shore is a bildungsroman which is part of universal literature. Haruki Murakami tells the story of the peregrinations of Kafka Tempura, a 15-year-old teenager on the roads of Japan looking for his mother and the wanderings of Nakata, a simple old man, searching for lost cats. When their paths meet, each one might find his own truth. In this quest story, cats converse, fish fall from the sky, prostitutes worship Hegel and dreams come true. 

Yukio Ninagawa is particularly famous and celebrated for his stagings of Greek tragedies, Shakespearian plays and contemporary Japanese theatre. Created little before he died in 2016, this adaptation of Kafka on the Shore along with many of his plays have been performed all over the world. With a succession of frames, he comes and goes from reality to supernatural, telling gracefully the sweet life lesson of Murakami’s prizewinning novel. 

artistic team

after Haruki Murakami

staging Yukio Ninagawa

with Kate Doi, Nino Furuhata, Yoko Haneda, Fumiaki Hori, Hayato Kakizawa, Katsumi Kiba, Haruka Kinami, Kenichi Okamoto, Masafumi Senoo, Masato Shinkawa, Erika Shumoto, Tsutomu Takahashi, Soko Takigawa, Shinobu Terajima, Takamori Teuchi, Masakatsu Toriyama, Yukio Tsukamoto, Mame Yamada

adaptation Frank Galati

Photo © Takahiro Watanabe - HoriPro Inc
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HoriPro Inc., Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc.

collaboration with Shinchosha Publishing Co. Ltd.
corealisation Fondation du Japon, La Colline - théâtre national
with the competition d’All Nippon Airways. Co. Ltd.

Show presented as part of the Japonismes 2018




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