The 12th play of métro "The Girl's Mask" will be coming soon! Get a ticket in advance! It is "a must" to go and experience the world of Juro Kara, who has been at the forefront of the underground theater movement in Japan. With this work, Kara won "The Kishida Prize for Drama" in 1970, a prestigious prize which recognizes contemporary playwrights. The story delves into the deep distress of legendary Takarasienne, Kasugano Yachiyo's life long struggle for eternal youth, unspoiled beauty and body. Many actresses have so far played the leading role, but this is the very first time that a real ex-Takarasienne Sarara Tsukifune takes on the challenge. Don’t miss such a theatrical experience.
Free Audio Guide Rental (English) for Non-Japanese Guests Who Purchase Tickets!
Sarara Tsukifune has been working hard so that international visitors who love theater may enjoy métro's play despite a language barrier. Tsukifune has developed an audio guide system to utilize it for her show, given in Japanese. No subtitles or simultaneous translation services on stage. Instead, the English audio guide is available for free to aid understanding without interrupting the visual performance. Feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
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"métro" is a performing arts company, launched by two actors in 2008; Sarara Tsukifune (ex-Takarazuka performer) / Yumiko Deguchi (retired).
"métro" has one and only artist, and a unique production/performance style for its plays, which has no regular or fixed performers and crew.
Instead, it gathers talented guest performers and fresh expert crew members every time "métro" has a new play.
Daisuke Tengan is another key figure in "métro," known as a cinematic genius. Producing and directing all of métro’s works from scratch, he continues to interpret and present works with his unique approach to literary masterpieces and black-humored works of satire.
What is "The Takarazuka Revue" & "Kasugano Yachiyo"?
The Takarazuka (Girls) Revue has a long history dated back to 1914 as a Japanese all-female performing arts company based in Western Japan. (Takarazuka is a city in Hyogo prefecture.)
The Takarazuka Revue is, in a way, opposite to the modern all-male Kabuki, a classical Japanese dance-drama. Women play all the parts no matter what type of play, show, or musical it would be. With its motto of "Modesty, fairness, and grace," only young girls aged from 15-18 can be selected as performer-to-be to learn whatever required to become a versatile actor, who can sing, dance and play masterfully on stage. They spend two years at a particular music school attached to the company. After graduation, most students belong to either of the five troupes named: Flower, Moon, Snow, Star, and Cosmos.
According to various factors, each performer plays either of the male or female roles or both. To be young, beautiful, and active is almost essential to keep the audience captivated. Currently, the Takarazuka performs for some 2.5 million people a year, and the majority of its fans are women of all ages from all over Japan and from overseas as well.
During their 100＋year history, very few performers stayed long as the star all the way until retirement. Legendary star Kasugano Yachiyo devoted herself as a Takarasienne throughout her life. She lived up to 96, winning various awards for her performing talents, and spending over 80 years at the company.