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1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers


Masako Morita


Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

Anju&Zushio is a legend of noble courage and self-sacrifice which triumphs in face of absolute despair. The noble ANJU and her brother ZUSHIO have been kidnapped and are kept as child slaves at the manor of the cruel Bailiff. Their mother has also been tricked into slavery on the Isle of SADO. ANJU sacrifices her life, letting her brother flee. Her sacrifice precipitates a chain of miracles: ZUSHIO succeeds to his dead father’s estate and is reunited with his lost mother, dealing out retribution to the Bailiff.
Stage Direction required an abstract and bare quality, including an austere stage set design before an yellow maelstrom backdrop.
Costume Design Concept: picture book & folded origami quality to express the surreal and the brutal quality of the plot, a fable of redemption and retribution staged in medieval Japan.
For the basic outfits coarse linen and silk used. The main costumes are crafted from Japanese paper, made from mulberry pulp, cedar bark , and bamboo sheath. The paper was backed with linen gauze, using a paste made of konjak bulb, and given a stiff varnish with persimmon tannin or overlaid with gold foil, for the traditional costumes of the medieval aristocracy.

Masako Morita

Dr. Masako MORITA Professor, Department of Human Environmental Sciences, Mukogawa Women’s University. email: mamoru@mukogawa-u.ac.jp Director, Mukogawa Institute of Esthetics for Everyday Life (MIEͤ) email: seibiken@mukogawa-u.ac.jpKey activity points: Costume Design, Dramatics, Analysis of Transitions in Popular Culture Imagery.Data
1990 Establishes Atelier Eva for Stage Arts in Nagoya, Japan. “1998 Award for Outstanding Production” “People’s Choice Award”, Yakumo International Theater Festival, for the Vigil of the Twentysecond Night ( Nijuuniyamachi).. 2003 Exhibition of the costumes of the Vigil and the Opera Okuni, at the Prague Quadriennale. 2003 “Best Visual Presentation Award “ for Gauche the Cellist at the World Theatre Congress and Festival . 2005 Exhibition of costumes of the Vigil in the World Stage Design Exhibition Gallery. Collaboration mainly with the theatre troupe Ashibue 1998-2015, designing costumes for the director Tsukushi Sonoyama. Now undertaking various experiments in extreme wearables.
Publications: Sada Yacco's Story : the Forbidden Theatre (Kyoto, 2009 )
400 years ago, the Tokugawa Shogunate had banned women performers from the stage. Sada Yacco’s Story (Sada-Yacco-monogatari) is the result of nine year’s research on the geisha who became the first Japanese actress to break 300 years’ of silence.Languages. Fluent in English, German, Italian.

Email Address: mamoru@mukogawa-u.ac.jp

Theatre Company Ashibue

The Premiere Date of Production 2013-09-29

The Premiere Space of Production Yakumo Sweet Acorn Theatre

Author original story by Ougai Mori, adapted by Sayuri Tanaka

Director/ Choreographer Tsukushi Sonoyama

Set Designer Ben Uchiyama

Lighting Designer Michinori Inada

Costume Designer Masako Morita

Sound Designer Hiroshi Saito

Other Creative Collaborator/s ANJU: Hiroko Ogawa
ZUSHIO:Yumi Matsuura
MOTHER:Keiko Mizogami
SLAVE DEALERS:Miyuki Arita, Masashi Harada, Ichiro Yamao
SONS OF BAILIFF:Yuji Akiyama, Hideoki Goto
SLAVE: Nama Date, Chieko Nakamura, Ikuko Ueda
BODYGUARD:Yasuyuki Tomioka
ABDUCTOR&PRIEST: Naoto Kashiwagi
Sound:Junichi Adachi
Stage Properties:Yoshitaka Nagami
Stage Management: Kenichi Nomura
Production: Satoru Koiwasaki

Assistant to costume designer: Takiko Muramatsu
Graphic presentation for costume designer: Kenji Ueda