Introduction of La Strada Company
▪️About our company
La Strada Company consists of two clowns, Chang and LONTO.
Chang has been performing since 1996, and LONTO since 1999.
After leaving past clown team, Chang and LONTO established Las Strada Company seeking their own style of staging.
Their creations are selected as one of the productions performed at ASSITEJ World Congress.
Also, their stages have been appointed as Welfare and Culture Property for Children by Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan. Furthermore, one of them has received an award from the Ministry which is given to the most excellent work of the year. In addition to these achievements they have received numbers of other awards nationally and internationally.
Their performance style is nonverbal, yet many people call it is poetic and imagination kindling. Their creation includes indoor/outdoor stages, outdoor performance and more. Recently they have performed with traditional Japanese puppet shows, the play of Shakespeare, dance stages, and collaboration with an orchestra.
They also hold workshops which have quite a reputation. With the support of Agency for Cultural Affairs, they have worked on a Culture and Art project and a development project for human resourcing for performing arts. Their workshops are widely targeting such children, theater staffs, theater company, performers, childcare workers, company workers, etc.
National Circus of Mongolia (Mongolia), World Expo of Shanghai (China), World Expo of Milan (Italy), Disabled Children’s Festival (Korea), Chuncheon International Mime Festival (Korea), Bangkok Street Festival (Thailand), Edinburgh Festival (Scotland), and more!
The Circus lights
- Nonverbal -
Writers/Actors : Chang and LONTO
Director : LONTO
Lighting : Shoko Mihara
Music : Xymox
Production : La Strada Company
Supported by : Yuko Shiroma
Puppet creator : Musubiza
- Appointed as Welfare and Culture Property for Children by Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan
- Production selected for ASSITEJ World Congress
Many tiny happenings inside a tiny circus. One rain drop becomes an enormous ocean, hide and seek in a big piece of paper, oopsy tipsy on some tubes, and a paper doll starts moving in life…
One day, a train arrives with a circus. Here we see a big white tent! But wait, a star falls down and what happens now?
A circus appears out of nowhere and once we know it, there it goes… just like nothing happened. So is everything going somewhere, someday?
“The Circus Lights” is a stage that two clowns play without
verbal expression in a white tent made with Japanese Washi paper.
It feels like a fairy tale and brings a lot of imagination.
Two talented clowns created this production
towards not only kids but also adults.
The main prop “circus tent” is made with Washi paper, the traditional Japanese paper. When Washi is handmade with traditional method by craftsmen it is very valuable. The material is used in Japanese bill, and for its prolongation property that is said as long as 1000 year endurance, it is globally used for reparation of numbers of cultural assets. Washi was traditionally used in Japanese houses and its durability, flexibility and irregular translucency that brings the natural sunlight and shadow was cherished for its warmth of life. The nostalgia and relief that Washi gives could come from the humanity aspect of the material. On the stage, you will see many different type and color of props made with Washi, and you will feel the humane warmness through Washi paper.
Highlights of the stage
Message to our audience
In this play, we don’t use words. So often children give us help.
“He is sad to be apart from each other!”
“She is lost her way to go home!”
Children receive the feelings in a well manner and try to tell their family.
Reading what others would like to say and try to pass the messages… that takes compassions.
Nonverbal expression can stimulate one’s imagination and creativity.
Why we chose a nonverbal setting in this play… Well, maybe we like to live in nonverbal world.
Telling others what we want to say with clear words and expression is not an easy task.
But wishing if we could catch a subtle signal, or if children could develop the ability of reading fragile messages, we created this story.
One day after the stage, we heard one girl saying, “There was a circus right here!”
We hope this story will become the one that warms your heart like your favorite picture book that you always remember.
From the producer
There was something big, deep and shiny. It was subtle but shiny.
When I tried looking very hard, suddenly I found there were numerous stars twinkling in the sky and shining on me.
Sometimes you remember memories that once you lost out of nowhere.
“Mom used to take me there…”
“Grandpa once said that I should look into it…”
Quite recently I realized that memories always surround us and they help us and empower our lives without noticing. Variety of thing had passed me by and it appears like they are all gone, but actually, they are lightening my path, like stars.
“I would like someone to have the same day, same theater experience one day, someday, just like my mom and dad did to me”
Wishing our kid audience feel it and keep the memory shining in the sky until the day it happens.
From the producer
◾️Casts: 2 Staff: 2 – 4
◾️Ideal for indoor ◎ (no outdoor setting)
With Indoor setting:Required stage size W9m x D7m x H4m
Dimming units needed
Lighting equipment, audio equipment and electric piano are self-provided
Lighting and Sound system need to be provided at the venue
Please prepare mic
- Nonverbal -
CAST ：Chang LONTO
Stage producer: ：LONTO
Art director :LONTO
Production ：La strada company