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Shibawhat? Shibahama: A Japanese Rakugo 落語 Rakugo! (wiki) piece, released from its traditional boundaries and re-territorialized into the space of contemporary theatre, in an attempt to explore the weaknesses that lie at the very core of human existence. Wham! Through performances all over the globe, we try to merge our own style of theater with indigenous cultural practices (a.k.a. stuff you guys do but we don´t), to generate a pandemonic mouth-gaping kick-ass spectacle that tears down the borders of art and life.
We prefer incompleteness over completeness. That´s why Shibahama is not a ready-made show to be carried around like a turtleshell. Only the bone-structure remains, as it follows the story of Nami-chan and her husband Kuma-chan. However, the idea behind Shibahama is not to retell a story told manifold and many times, but to open a space for encounter and communication that unites all of us on common ground and turns the formula of "cultural exchange" into more than a mere catchphrase. In order to realize this, we need to come to your country and dig around in your backyard!
The original story of Shibahama
Shibahama tells the story of the drunkard fishmonger Kuma-chan, a lazy dude who never goes to work. One day, he finds a wallet on the seashore with a fortune inside. Back home he instantly sets up a huge party together with his wife, gets drunk and falls asleep. The next morning, his wife tells him that it was all just a dream – all they have left now are the debts from the previous night’s party. Filled with regret, his first thought is to commit double-suicide, but finally decides to quit drinking and change into a hard-working man.
Three years later, on New Year’s Eve, his wife finally admits that the money was real – frightened by the large sum, she had taken it to the police, but as no owner could be found, the money came back soon. Kuma is mad at her first, but soon realizes that he should be grateful. The couple decides to celebrate with a glass of wine – but as the man lifts the glass, his words are: Better not! Or it will all become a dream again.
FAIFAI´s Shibahama re-mixes this story in many different ways: as a Robotic Dance, a Gameshow, a Boxing fight and also real Rakugo. We even do theater! During the show, the stage will be partly interactive and filled with light-effects, electronic toys and other bling-bling stuff we grabbed from your local fleamarket. Gambling, drinking or just wasting the day – everything we do, everyone we meet will turn into a significant component of the play – if we rediscover a contemporary form of Shibahama. Local guest performers (musicians, actors, radio hosts etc.) are also invited to play the idle main-character "Kuma-chan" and give their personal contribution to international and cross-temporal good-for-nothingness! Finally, the shape of the performance will be different from time to time and from place to place, as Shibahama is the only loop that never repeats itself.
Date：2010.04/09 – 04/10
Tokyo , Japan
Date：2010.06/03 – 06/13
Venue：Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
Tokyo , Japan
Date：2011.04/28 – 05/02
Osaka , Japan
Date：2011.09/08 – 09/10
Venue：HEBBEL AM UFER -HAU 3-
Berlin , Germany
Date：2011.09/21 – 09/23
Budapest , Hungary