Once upon a time in the old days of ancient Japan, there was a phenomenon in the society that is called the 'obasute'. The term consists of two words, 'Oba' means 'Grandmother' and 'Sute' is derived from 'Suteru' which means 'to throw'
Obasute, which literally means 'to throw grandmother away' happened in those families who were peniless. The fact that they were unable to feed every single member of the household due to poverty led them to this old tradition. They will have to 'throw away' the 'oba' in the family to the mountain and leave her to her death
Such classic and dark tradition was reawakened by Hapon Teather who brilliantly brought out the Obasute on stage three days in a row last 24, 25 adn 26 July 2010 in Gedung Teater Luwes, Fakultas Seni Pertunjukan, IKJ, Jakarta, Indonesia
Combining modern play with traditional Noh dancing, acoustic music and opera, Hapon Theater who collaborated with Indonesian actors from IKJ for their performance in Indonesia, interpretated a large twist of emotions in a silence and beauty
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I wasn't allowed to take pictures inside, so i asked a Japan-freak friend of mine, Acha, to post the photos she took. THANK YOU ACHA !
Hail for the man behind the Baba (Grandmother) role. Yes, people, Baba was played by a MAN named Hara Tomohiko who's been playing theater for 30 years. Just Amazing. I can not wait to watch your next performance, anytime sooner or not...
Until the next jabbering box ! ! !