Artist Interview アーティストインタビュー
Giving expression to dissected texts
The new possibilities of compositional theater pioneered by Motoi Miura
Motoi Miura (b. 1973) is a theater director who went independent from Oriza Hirata’s directing department of the Seinendan theater company along with a number of leading directors to emerge in the first decade of the 21st century, such as Yukio Shiba (Mamagoto), Shu Matsui (Sample) and Junnosuke Tada (Tokyo Deathlock). He pursues a unique style as a director that breaks the playwright-director norm in Japan’s small-theater world. Taking Chekhov plays like The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard and works by Shogo Ohta and others, he dissects the text and words in a process that can be likened to internal questioning. Then he works together with the actors, stage artists, lighting artists and others who will give expression to his dissected text and brings to the stage a reconstructed embodiment of the artistic world created by the original playwright. In 2005 he moved his base to Kyoto as leader of the theater company Chiten. In this interview Miura speaks about his background and his philosophy of theater.
(Interviewer: Akihiko Senda)