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The Window of Spaceship 'In-Between'

Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris
octoberoct 26 – 30

French premiere


In Japanese, with French surtitles

Prices € 8 to € 20
Subscribers € 8 to € 18

Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris

Saturday october 26


Monday october 28


Tuesday october 29


Wednesday october 30


Playwright/director Toshiki Okada. Cast Mari Ando, Qiucheng Xu, Tina Rosner, Ness Roque, Robert Zetzsche, Leon Koh Yonekawa. Set design Ayami Sasaki. Sound designer Raku Nakahara. Sound creator Kimitoshi Sato. Lighting designer Yukiko Yoshimoto. Costumes Kyoko Fujitani. Technical director Marie Moriyama, Daijiro Kawakami (Scale Laboratory). Assistant director Justin Karera Yamamoto (Dr. Holiday Laboratory). English translation Aya Ogawa. Publicity design Jujiro Maki. Artwork Masanao Hirayama. Producers Tamiko Ouki (precog), Megumi Mizuno (precog). Production managers Nanami Endo, Yichun Chen (precog). Assistant production manager Ema Murakami (precog).

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With the support of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan I Japan Arts Council

The Maison de la culture du Japon in Paris and the Festival d'Automne in Paris are presenting this show in co-realisation.

Toshiki Okada, a critically-acclaimed figure on the Japanese theatre scene, probes the mechanisms and symptoms of our society. Mixing together science fiction and poetry within the confines of a group on a space expedition, his new play The Window of Spaceship ‘In-Between’ tackles the issues of distancing and the definition of humanity.

The spaceship “In-Between” journeys across the universe with a crew consisting of four humans and an android. The mission they have been given is to export their language to other galaxies. The performers playing the roles of the human beings have one thing in common: they live in Japan but Japanese is not their native language. This vessel reminds us that, first and foremost, language belongs to those who speak it. In The Window of Spaceship ‘In-Between’, the interactions between humans, androids and extraterrestrials set in motion a subtle dialogue that touches upon the balance of a community, origins and terrestrial nostalgia. The piece becomes a tribute to transition and to identities which transcend established categories. Toshiki Okada succeeds in capturing this essence with an artistic sensitivity of a remarkable kind, treating us to an experience that evokes the beauty and complexity of the human existence in a changing world.