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Nori's new production 2007,"Shadows from The Cherry Orchard"


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KING LEAR MACBETH FAIRY TALES FOREST PIECES ABOUT NORISAWA
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KING LEAR -Solo mime theatre with masks and puppets (50min.)-
Supervised by Petr MATASEK (DAMU-Academy Of Performing Arts In Prague),
Directed, Designed and Performed by Noriyuki SAWA.

*A new approach of The Figure Theatre Method to a Shakespeare classic,
as the international collaboration between Japan and Czech Republic.
This show is created in Prague and inspired after workshops in Tokyo
by young students and artists.

*The World premier in The International Scenography exhibition in Prague
2003 (PQ-03) produced by OISTAT EDUCATION COMMISSION.
In The European Region Theatre Festival 2003 in Hradec Kralove of The
Czech Republic.
In The Stanford University of USA, 2004.
In Tokyo Aoyama Enkei Theatre, 2004.
Reviews or newspaper articles to Nori's show

***NEW YORK THEATRE.COM 2005 (USA)***
"His fusion of the Japanese and Czech approaches to puppet theatre
creates a unique creature that slowly emerges, spreads its wings,
and flies away."
"Noriyuki is so amiable that I felt like I was a member of a small
community and he was our villagefs favorite entertainer. "









MACBETH -SOLO MIME THEATRE WITH MASKS AND PUPPETS-"

AND OTHER PIECES. (For adults, about 60minutes.)

Reviews or newspaper articles to Nori's show


*** NEW ZEALAND DOMINION 1999 ***

"Combination of stunningly beautiful Czech puppets and Bunraku

puppet theatre, creates a production made in heaven.

It is eerily beautiful,

intriguing and extraordinarily well performed."


THE STORY OF gMACBETH"
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SHAKESPEARE WROTE ABOUT A MAN

WHO HAD A DARK AMBITION TO BE KING,

AN AMBITION FUELED BY THE PROPHECY OF WITCHES

AND FURTHER INSPIRED BY HIS OWN WIFE'S EVIL DESIRES.

SO HE MURDERS THE OLD KING,

AND THEN FINDS HIS HANDS ARE STAINED WITH BLOOD.

IT'S BLOOD THAT IS EVER AFTER STAINED HIS DESTINY.

THIS PERFORMANCE WAS CREATED AS A SOLO SILENT DRAMA.

SHAKESPEARE'S ENORMOUS DIALOGUES AND HUGE COMPOSITIONS

ARE TRANSFORMED INTO THE OBJECTS, PUPPETS, COLORS, SOUNDS,

AND OTHER SIMPLE MATERIALS ON THE STAGE.

NOW, A NEW gMACBETH" COMES TO YOU.




<The wizard on the stage>
-the world of puppetry artist, Noriyuki SAWA-
(from the article of Japanese monthly magazine
"Chuou-Kouron"February 2001)

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NORI SAWA'S ART THEATRE
WITH MASKS AND PUPPETS

-FAIRY TALES-

(For all families about 55 minutes)



"Girl With Red Riding-hood (Germany)"
"Three Pigs And A Wolf(England)"
"Tortoise And Hare (Greece)" and so on.

When you touch any kind of traditional fairy tale,

you could surely get not only lights of life

but also many shadows on your skin.

Nori cuts into these classic shadows

by his Japanese Puppetry Knife,

now !
Duration of the show is about 55 minutes
(It could be flexible according to your program).
For all families, but it is not suitable for small kids before school-age
because fairy tales are usually too much cruel and inhuman as you know well. No dialogue.
Nori uses Body movement, Projection of images, Masks, Puppets and Music.


FAIRY TALES <Technical Request>



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"FOREST-SOLO MIME THEATRE WITH MASKS AND PUPPETS-"

AND OTHER PIECES. (For adults, about 55minutes.)



THE LEGEND OF "FOREST" :
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ON A BATTLE FIELD A DEEPLY WOUNDED SOLDIER IS

TRYING TO ESCAPE FROM HIS ENEMIES. SO HE LIES

DOWN IN THE FOREST AND THEN FALLS UNCONSCIOUS

HOVERING BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH.

A WHITE WOMAN APPEARS IN FRONT OF HIM,

AND LURES HIM FROM THE PLACE WHERE HE IS LYING.

HE SOARS SKYWARD WITH HER.

STILL HE NOTICES HIS WOUNDED BODY DOWN BELOW IN

THE FOREST. HE IS DRAWN TO IT AND AT LAST DECIDES

TO RETURN INTO HIS BODY.

THE WOMAN THEN LEAVES, AND THE SOLDIER WAKES.

THE WOUND IS NOW HEALED. AFTER LOOKING UP THE

SKY FOR A WHILE, HE STARTS TO WALK THE EARTH

AGAIN AS A SOLDIER.

THIS PRODUCTION WAS INSPIRED BY AN ANCIENT

JAPANESE LEGEND.

Reviews or newspaper articles to Nori's show

***REFLEX 1999 (Czech Republic)***

"Nori's puppets have its own souls;

you can travel to the world of colors

that are dominating like various types

of gems shining in the darkness."
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"PIECES-SOLO MIME THEATRE WITH MASKS AND PUPPETS-" .

(For children, about 55minutes).



"A FLOWER","RABBITS","POTATOES","THE SKY",

"A SEED","A FISH","STARS" AND MORE.

THEY ARE FUNNY AND SHINING, LIKE DIFFERENT KINDS

OF JEWELS IN A FOREST NIGHT. ABOUT JAPAN, ABOUT

EUROPE, ABOUT NORI'S FEELING OF WANDERING ON THIS PLANET.

PERFECT SHORT PERFORMANCES FOR CHILDREN AND FOR ADULTS, TOO.

Reviews or newspaper articles to Nori's show

***CHUOU-KOURON 2001 (Japan)***

"Be careful in the theatre not to be possessed and manipulated

by his show !"



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Workshop by Nori
"THE SPECIAL MECHANIC OF JAPANESE PUPPET"



Review from NY!
September 23-26, 2004,
The La MaMa International Puppet Series Festival
Supported by The Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater
and in part by Artist Grants from Cheryl Henson,
The Jim Henson Foundation, Asian Cultural Council,
The Japan Foundation New York Office.

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ABOUT NORIYUKI SAWA


Since 1991,

Started his professional activities in Europe,selected by The Cultural Ministry of the Japanese Government
and supported by The Japan Foundation.
By now, performed in more than 25 countries.
Taught courses and instructed workshops in many schools and festivals,like DAMU (Academy of Performing Arts)-Prague;
The University of Chicago; London Puppetry School and so on.
Member of UNIMA (International Union of Puppetry).
 
 1992-93
Performed in "The Babel Tower" produced by I IM (Institut International de la Marionnette),
Charleville-Mezieres, France and DAMU-Prague, Czech Republic.
 
 1999
To the performance "Forest" and his global artistic activities,
The European Prize "Franz Kafka Medal" was given.
 
 2000-2001
Produced the international project "A Plague O' Both Your Houses !!
-Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" with Theatre DRAK, Czech Republic and The Japan Foundation
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 2002
Directed "Japanese Fairy Tales" for the children's theatre <TY-JA-TR> in Prague,
and given The First Prize of The Prague Children's Theatre Competition 2002.
 
 2003
Prized "Best Performance For Children" to the solo performance "Fairy Tales"
in the International Puppet Festival in Ostrava "Spectaculo Interesse 2003", Czech Republic.
 
 2004
Invited to the Stanford University, USA and performed gKing Learh,Also instructed the workshop for students.
Performed "FOREST" in The International Puppet Festival in New York, USA
produced by The Theatre LaMaMa, etc. and The Jim Henson Foundation.
 
 2005
Wrote, directed and designed the performance in DLO (the municipal puppet theatre in Ostrava, Czech Republic),
gFour Fairytales with Wolves behind the Gateh and the show was prized gthe Best Designh
in the International Puppet Festival in Katowice, Poland.
 
 2006
Toured with solo-show, in Italy, Spain, Finland, UK, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
Created puppets for the MGM movie "Hannibal Rising".
 
 2007
Instructed the workshop for making and manipulation of the Japanese Traditional Puppets in PQ (Prague-Quadrennials;
International Stage Design Exhibition) for different countryfs students.
Produced the International cultural and educational exchange program between the young artists of Buxton Puppet Festival,
UK and the Municipal Childrenfs Theatre in Sapporo, Japan.
 
 2008
Invited and instructed the Master-Class of gMaking the Traditional Japanese Puppetfs Headh in UNIMA
(International Union of Puppetry) 2008, Perth, Australia.
Had the exhibition of own designed puppets organized by the National Museum of Opava
and in the Cultural Center of the Japan Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic.
Solo performance gFairy Talesh was prized gthe Best Actingh in the International Puppet Festival in Katowice, Poland.
 
 2009
Created a new show NINJA and some new packages of solo-tour.
New tours to Russia and Poland.
Price for the Acting Skills and the Original Music on the 16th International
ChildrenLs Theatre Festival "Subotica 2009" for "The Legend of the Forest".
Created the special TV program with puppets and song "Minna no Uta" produced by NHK, Japan Broadcast Association.
 
2010
Cooperation with Polish puppet theatre scene: performances on festival ANIMO Kwidzyn,
in Festival Gliwice and created the new show with Katowice Theatre "NARANASHI".
NINJA had the premier in Tokyo, Japan.
The special performance project in Japan, Puppets with the animals in Zoo, and the Opera "Iolanta" (Over 1.500 audience).
 
 2011
Tour to Perm (Russia) - Imatra (Finland) - Katowice and Zywiec (Poland) -Kosice (Slovakia) - Nagano and Tokyo (Japan).
Received "the Special Prize of the Agency, European Capital City of Culture, Katowice 2016".
 
 2012
Directing and design "Cinderella" for the Theatre Ateneum, Katowice, Poland.
Performed and had workshops in The International Puppet Days 2012, Izmir,Turkey.
Tour to USA, Chicago Humanities Festival. Performed and had workshops in The Northwestern University
and The University of Chicago.
Created a new solo show "Monkey and Crab" and had premier in Europe
(Theatre DRAK, Theatre European Regions, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic) and in Japan (Iida Puppet Festa, Japan).
Started the special course for "Over 60 years old" participants in Iida, Japan.
Directed and design "Fisherman story, Taro URASHIMA" for Yumemi-Trunk, Nagoya, Japan
and LGM (Puppet Theatre Maribor), Slovenia.



Booking contact:

ART Prometheus, o.s.
Sokolovska 104/85
Praha 8
Czech republic
180 00

Tana Svehlova
tana@artprometheus.cz

Jakub Vedral

jakub@artprometheus.cz


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