@lisamir I think there are several reasons. First: accessibility. As I have explained in another thread, most of stage performances are held in Tokyo and other large cities, and only people living there have the chance to enjoy them.
Second: price. Tickets prices are soaring in the last decade probably due to the decrease of the number of theatre fans and now a lot of people can't afford them, which might trap the current situation in a vicious circle.
Third: scarce subsidy: Not until recently has the cultural policy of this country recognised the importance of theatre as art. After lobbying by influential theatre artists, the goverment are now gradually willing to subsidise this field. I wish we had such supportive system by the government that the UK has...
Are you noticing a differentce between varies Theatertyps. (you earlier mentioned Kabuki, No and Avengard). In Germany the Ordience and by that the accessible Mony is very different. Vor Example: Any kinds of Musik Plays like Opera and Musikal doing great, while modern Tragedies are not. We have a lot middel Aged people in Komedies, a lot of Old people for ancient Playes or Brecht. And a really young audience for the tribes that came from the Avengard etc.
And Thank you! I am so greatfull to you, that you take so much time and effort to answer me! I am just trying to understand the theater seen in Japan, but without someone in it, it is very hart ro get any kind of validate Answers. But it is so interesting! Thank you very much!
@lisamir The traditional theatre is in a bit different situation here. It also suffers the decreasing number of the audience, but that is not so radical a change as that of modern plays. Furthermore the audience is relatively wealthy people (you can compere to the audience of Opera), and ticket prices will matter less.
Here in Japan, we have sometimes opportunities to enjoy woks of foreign companies, like René Pollesch or Rimini Protokoll. They were really experimental and exciting. I personally want to visit Germany and watch an orthodox version of Die Dreigroschenoper.
I have asked about the situation of other Asian country on this App, and understand it's really hard to grasp how theatre is seen in other places on the earth, so I know your feeling :)
It is always fun talking with a theatregoer like you. Thank you, too!
Of cause I have! And I am thank you to you as well. :) But I thought, that it wouldn't be so nice to aske you alot more questions. If you just were so kind to answer short question. Would you like to talk more about Theater and your opinion on it? @undertherainjp
@Dragonflyer I heard of Pollesch and the disqusionen, because he will get a important Theater in Berlin. I really won't to see some works from Rimini Protokoll in person, but hadn't quite the Chance yet. But I saw the Dreigroschenoper these year. Never the less I guess you just really saw it, when you got the chance to see it at the Berliner Ensemble, so maybe some day.
I think it is so interesting to look into the theater traditions and current scenes, because it tells a lot of the understanding of Art at some point of there history. Also for me it is very read that in Germany we now so little about the Theater of Japan, because espacalli in the mid 20th century so many of our artists refer to it.
Is there anything left of these Idears of special Familys giving acting to the next generation? I hope that is not a to unfriendly question.
@lisamir ＞because he will get a important Theater in Berlin. Wow, good to know that! I hope he will soon come to Japan again with his fantastic work.
I'm not quite sure why so many German artists in the mid 20th century referred to the theatre of Japan, but that's maybe because at that time many legendary writers of Japanese literature wrote plays, which is now quite rare, sadly.
If I were to list some important artists of 21st century, I would choose Oriza Hirata, Hisashi Inoue, Ai Nagai, and Hideki Noda. Oriza Hirata's works are relatively famous outside of Japan too.
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