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Train, the promise of Miyazawa


Le Théâtre d'Auxerre

11 Feb. 2014

  • 20H30
Théâtre Louis Jouvet de Rethel

14 Feb. 2014

  • 20H30

Theatre Incline and Theatre Kio

Train, the promise of Miyazawa


Kenji Miyazawa is the author of some of the most famous poetry of the modern Japanese literature. However he did not benefit from the glory he deserved before his death because the universality of his work has not been acknowledged before that time. He wrote in Iwate, a kind of border zone… the show’s authors display here a step of his life. From his work, they choose the poetry Morning of the last farewell dedicated to his sister, and some of his most famous short stories The train of milky way et Right the cellist. They added to that the look of a Quebecoise who takes that train of all possible.

Bowler hat and long coat, Kenji takes the train to bring a bowl of snow to her dying sister. Marie flies to Japan to realize a promise done by her son. A meeting, a journey to the memories of the other like a mirror of his own quest. A world full of strange characters and imaginary landscapes inspired from many sketches of imaginary from Kenji Miyazawa.

This poetic show is a theatre of images. Some pages in French and in Japanese punctuate the rhythm and give a voice to the little Haku who tells the story like haïkus by giving the keys and opening the doors on the imaginary suggested. The shapes gather actors, puppets, shadow theatre, music on the stage (traditional Japanese instruments, harp and voice). As visual haïkus, Train, the promise of Miyazawa is sprinkled with instantly impressions of reality, seen through Marie's eyes whiwh is transformed by the Japanese contact and the meeting of Miyazawa on a train to Hanamaki.

Kenji Miyasawa was a man strongly inspired by the mix of western and eastern cultures. This passion is shared by the theatre Incline and this creation is also the story of an adventure between the theatre Incline and the Japanese company Kio. Over the spectacle, Train, the promise of Miyazawa, points out the mutual discovery between two cultures.


Scenario : José Babin 

Staging : José Babin et Kohey Nakadachi with : Nobuya Shimamoto, José Babin,
Noriyuki Yasuda, Yuki Isami et Alain Lavallée 

Musicians : Yuki Isami : koto et flûte traditionnelle japonaise, Noriyuki Yasuda : taikos, flûte et instruments traditionnels japonais, Ayano Nishikawa : violoncelle (bande sonore) 

Assistance for staging : Nadine Walsh 

Managment: Julie Brosseau-Doré et Guillaume Bloch 

Designer for decors et costumes : Yuko Nishida 

Lights and shadow designer : Alain Lavallée 

Assistant for lighting : Chika Fuseya 

Puppets : Alain Lavallée et José Babin 

Music : Fumiko Hayashi, Kohey Nakadachi, Noriyuki Yasuda (Sousakugeinoudan Kurobyoshi) 

Video : Gamon Nyoze et Yann Becker 

Realisation of decors, costumes and accessories (Japan) : Shirako Shinjyu, Yuko Minami, Koneko Kokonoe 

Decors patina (Japan) : Yann Becker 

Realisation of decors (Quebec) : Jean-René Trudel 

Decors painting (Quebec) : Jacinthe Duchesneau

Administration : Georgine Vaillant 

Designer : Alain Lavallée 

Photos : ©Yann Becker




Production : Théâtre Incliné, Théâtre Kio

Coproduction : Council of arts from Canada, Founds Canada-Japan, Council of arts and litterature from Quebec, City of Laval