New Three Sisters
Is this Chekhov? Is this the “Three Sisters”??
HKBP presents Chekhov’s masterpiece as exhilarating tragicomedy from new and innovative perspective!
Koike’s ex-company, Pappa TARAHUMARA’s Three Sisters (premiered in 2005) is one of their most popular works, which was presented at more than 150 venues in 25 countries with big success. Koike added a fresh dimension to the original play by Anton Chekhov and revived it as a modern tragicomedy. This work was also showcased in Russia and ended in enthusiastic acceptance as “The Three Sisters, which nobody has ever seen.” HKBP’s New Three Sisters describes modern women who live today. Applying all genres of bodily expressions such as dance, acting, and singing, Hiroshi Koike simply but boldly illustrates the ways three sisters live in society.
The enthusiasm of Rio Carnival comes out of a room in a small building. There is a magic. It is the magic of flesh that dances, sings, and provokes. The three sisters laugh, cry, take off dresses, dance, sing, open their mouths wide and be amazed. There are three Greek Graces with carefree and wild spirits. I am sure that Chekhov could hardly imagine that his work would produce such erotic, destructive, and adorable sisters 100 years after his original play was written.
- Chihiro Minato, photographer and writer
I have watched various productions of The Three Sisters, but I have never seen The Three Sisters like Hiroshi Koike’s one. I was very surprised that there could be such an image in this play by Chekhov. In short, it is contemporary; the three sisters with female bodies which are alive. The living women’s life. I enjoyed that aspect. Chekhov’s three sisters are women who are trapped, but these three women will go out, surely.
- Tamotsu Watanabe, theater critic
Hanano Teshirogi as the eldest of the three sisters
Hanano Teshirogi is a Dancer, Contact Improviser, an actress and a dance teacher based in Tokyo and Miyagi in Japan. She studied at the Dance Major of Japan Woman's college of Physical Education. From 2008 to 2011, she danced and studied teaching, organizing and performing Contact Improvisation in Tokyo and throughout Japan at "C.I.co." as a company member. In 2008, she founded "CI-bu", a Dance Company based on the technique of contact imprvisation, with Miki Hoei. She has begun to study a community dance taking advantage of an earthquake disaster which happened in her hometown.
Azusa Fukushima as the youngest sister
Born in Tokyo, Japan. She started studying classical Ballet 16 years when she was three years old at Russia Ballet Institute and Tachibana Ballet School, and she entered Japan's Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music. Since then, she has studied Drama, Acting,Singing, Voice,Contemporary dance, Tap dance, Japanese traditional dance, and Pantomaim. After graduation, she is working with many productions as a freelance actress/dancer. Works: NODA・MAP "Ashiatohime" Directed and Written by Hideki NODA, Dance company CHAiroiPLIN Hiroshi Koike Bridge Project, Yoshiyuki FUKUDA, 21SEIKI TV-CM, NHK FM Theater.
Minasu Kai as the middle sister
After graduated from Saitama Prefectural High School of the Arts as majoring in Dance at the Stage Performance course, she studied at Performing Arts Institute (P.A.I). She started her career as a freelance dancer from 2016. She is also a member of Morishita Stand. Recently she appeared on stages by Hiroshi Koike Bridge Project, Morishita Maki, Pichet Klunchun, Suna to Mizutama, and Sukoyaka Club. She aims for expressions beyond genres.
19.10.30 Sabichirakan (Kagoshima, Japan)
19.05.11-12 Shanghai Theatre Academy (Shanghai, China) *World Premier at a Modern Drama Valley