パラダイス仏生山 - 仏生山の記憶をたどるまちあるき (2016)

Paradise Busshozan 2016 - Performing Arts Walk for experiencing memories of Busshozan
November 3-6, 2016 - Busshozan Town, Takamatsu, Japan

 
江戸時代より松平家の門前町として栄えた仏生山。まちを巡りながら、土地にまつわる記憶や物語が立ち上がる仕掛けをめぐる「演劇まちあるき」の作品制作および上演を行った。3回目となる2016年版は、前回に引き続き、地域のまちづくりを推進する「仏生山まちプランニングルーム」との共催で制作。まちの風景の中にさまざまな演劇的仕掛けが用意され、参加者は3つのグループに分かれてガイドに導かれながらまちを探索。その過程で出会ったさまざまな人々のストーリーテリングを通じて、仏生山というまちを多声的に認識していく。

およそ4年間にわたり断続的に行われたアーティストと地元の人々との対話から生まれた本作品の出演者は、仏生山で生まれた人、住む人、働く人たちである。彼らは個人的な物語の語り手として登場し、仏生山での体験や思いを、彼ら自身の生活空間の中で語り出す。パラダイス仏生山は、まちを舞台にしてつくられた作品であると同時に、現実と作品との境界線で、まちに住む人・演劇を体験する人の「まちの見方」を変化させる試みでもある。彼らの語りが観客のイマジネーションと重なり「作品」として上演されるとき、仏生山にいつもとは違う風景が生まれる。

Busshozan was once a flourishing town near a temple that was constructed by the Matsudaira family in the Edo era. For this project, we will tour the town and conduct performance art while strolling about the areas that are the sources of personal memories and stories of the region. Paradise Busshozan is a series of performing arts walk consisted of stories and memories relating to the town. As the third creation since 2014, it has been projected in collaboration with Busshozan Town Planning Room, a voluntary group encouraging the revitalization of the town. There are various spatial interventions e.g. performers, music and lighting as stage effect set in the town as a theater. Audiences divide into three groups led by performers to explore the townscape, and realize the Busshozan town through narrative polyphony: storytelling from various perspectives by different individuals.

As itʼs created through artist-in-residence and workshops with locals, Performers are all ordinary people who live, work, or were born in Busshozan. In the performance they are telling the audience their personal experiences in places where they actually live and use.This theatrical experimentation aims not only to create the performance in the townscape but to give us an alternative perspective towards the town by pushing boundaries of reality and fiction. When the stories and their unconscious minds have been performed and overlapped with actual townscape and audiences' imagination, another scenery of Busshozan reveals itself.