On June 28, the Ai Foundation co-organized a theatrical performance „Unfulfilled Love”, based on the motives of the Japanese fairy tale about the moon princess Kaguya-hime. The innovative project was carried out in cooperation with the BJ Language Centre language school, with all attention paid to the Japanese stylistics. The rich costumes, martial arts demonstration, fan dance and special effects (such as coins spilling out of bamboo trunks, the Fuji Mountain really smoking) hugely impressed the audience.
Young people studying Japanese in the language school had the opportunity to present their acting skills, performing all the dialogues in Japanese. The performance was the outcome of a theatrical workshop, under the supervision of Mrs. Eri Mizutani of Lodz State Higher School of Television, Film and Theatre. Practicing diction in Japanese proved very useful to the performers, as on the stage of the theatre at 34 Tuwima Street the actors performed without microphones.
The performance was accompanied by an exhibition of Japan-inspired paintings by Ewa Tomporek-Fukuoka. Ewa had also made most of the props for the show. The armor for the martial arts show was made by a student of Japanese in the BJ Langauge Centre, Michael Gorniak, who was also responsible for the hair styling of the actors.
After the show, everyone had the opportunity to purchase commemorative bricks; the income will be used for the development of the Foundation and workshops for young people.
We wold like to sincerely thank everybody involved in the project, looking forward to many further interesting initiatives in the future.