Nibroll New Work

“Drama Queen”

2019. Feb. 7 (thu) - 10 (sun)

Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre,
Theatre West 


Joan of Arc? Ophelia? Oscar? Or the Little Match Girl…? How can I accept the blood they shed with this unworthy body?


Real tragedy, fake tragedy, fictional tragedy --For us in the "now," what is a genuine "tragedy"?

Five actresses in tragic situations despair at their absurd circumstances. They resort to embellishment and sometimes even self-justification, raising their voices to tell the tale of their misfortune. This performances interrogates the relationship between the self and the world through a structure that portrays three separate dimensions of tragedy: tragedy that occurs in the real world, fake tragedy created by self-absorbed exaggerations of personal misfortune, and fictional tragedy that occurs on the stage. What is tragedy for those of us living in this current moment? And how can humanity confront the absurd?

Izumi Kasagi, Nozomi Kawata, Yubie Mitsuse,
Mai Minato, Meiry Mochizuki

Choreograph, Direction: Mikuni Yanaihara

Projection, Set design: Keisuke Takahashi

Music: SKANK

Lighting:Masayo Okano (PICOLER)

Technical Director: Koro Suzuki  
Stage Manager: Chikage Yuyama

Flyer designe: Okamoto Tsuyoshi+, Hiroki Hashimoto, Keisuke Takahashi

Editor: Eriko Nishitani (RELAY RELAY)

Produce: precog co.,LTD.


Presented by Nibroll, precog co.,LTD.
Associated with Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Supported by Japan Arts Fund

- Ticket

 Date Time
7 Feb. (Thu) ▶︎19:30
8 Feb. (Fri) ▶︎14:00 ▶︎19:30
9 Feb. (Sat) ▶︎14:00 ▶︎19:30
10 Feb. (Sun) ▶︎14:00

*Doors open 30 minutes before.

General: Adv ¥3,500, Door ¥3,800
U-25: Adv ¥2,500, Door ¥2,800 (ID required)



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- Concept

I am all alone
Just phenomena scattered here and there around the world
I have no relation to the world

From here, I can clearly see your situation
I can clearly see that the world is distorted
Just what are you really and truly thinking?
I want you to tell me

With vaguely remembered lines
I fling the flowers you just bought me to the floor
Dancing a slovenly dance with my body still in a sulk
About the blood the women spilled
Somebody somewhere voices off-the-mark comments
I am watching all the way
Until the play just begun tapers off into two dimensions

But even so, there will be no tragedy here
Only my body bleeding, that's all

- Profile


Formed in 1997. Choreographer Mikuni Yanaihara is at the center of this dance company, which stages new works by collaborating with artists across a wide variety of fields, including video artist Keisuke Takahashi and musician SKANK. Nibroll's work goes beyond traditional theater venues. The company not only stages performances in museums and outdoor spaces, but also creates video works and other visual art, pursuing new possibilities for physical expression from a wide variety of perspectives.

Mikuni Yanaihara

Choreographer, Director, Play writer and Dancer

Mikuni Yanaihara is Associate Professor (specializing in performing arts) in the Faculty of Literature, Arts and Cultural Studies at Kindai University. She founded the dance company Nibroll in 1997 and organized the theater company Mikuni Yanaihara Project in 2005. She serves as the leader of both of these companies. She has won the highest praise for her work in both the genres of dance and theater, and staged many performances outside Japan. Besides actively collaborating with other artists in Japan and other countries, she has been broadening her activities in other Asian countries in recent years. In 2015, she was appointed Japan Cultural Envoy by the national Agency of Cultural Affairs, and researched dance and theater in six countries in Southeast Asia.

Keisuke Takahashi

Video Artist

Keisuke Takahashi has created many visual installations in various space such as museum, gallery, theatre and public space. and he also has created performance pieces and intend to pursue the relationship between body and image. He held the solo exhibition the gallery in Milan, Italy and Taipei, Taiwan, and in Japan, SENDAI Mediatheque, BankArt1929, Ohara Museum and others, and also jointed to the international exhibition such as SHANGHAI Biennial, SETOUCHI Art Triennale, Jakarta Biennial and others. His works have been presented in arts festivals throughout Japan and the world. He received the Committee Recommendation Award from Japan Media Arts Festival in 2005. He also has created many performance works as the visual director for the dance company named "Nibroll".


Comporser, Musician

Participating in Nibroll as sound director since 2005. Also he is a main member of the band "MEXI" and played some live performances, made many music for some dance and theatre company. Also participating in SSS,T(Six Strings Sonic,The) as a guitarist, and won the excellence prize of "the 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival".

- Performer

Izumi Kasagi

Nozomi Kawata

Yubie Mitsuse

Mai Minato

Meiry Mochizuki

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