[Kodo Next Generation] “Merci!” by Mio Teycheney-Takashiro
Our two-week-long residence at Théâtre du Soleil has flown by and our final performance is over.
Thanks to everyone’s support we welcomed full houses every day, in fact it was more than full on the final day with over forty people on the waitlist. So, we invited those people in to sit in the aisles and on extra benches so they didn’t miss out.
When the curtain call rolled around, we saw many members of the Theatre gathered alongside the seating area. During our encore number, they looked like they were having a great time dancing and embracing each other.
I am truly happy that we were able to carry out this performance series in Paris with the warm support of so many people.
I am writing this post the day after the finale. Today we have been packing our instruments and bags, tidying up, and cleaning. While I am feeling grateful for the wonderful time we have had here, I also feel sad knowing that our stay at Théâtre du Soleil is about to end.
Both the cast and production staff for “Kodo Next Generation” are young, so my role was to support them. I watched over them every day.
They are the next generation of Kodo and they are brimming with passion, energy, and joy. I feel that the future is in good hands. This residence with them in Paris was an exciting, valuable experience for all of us.
The time we all spent at this utopia, Théâtre du Soleil, is like a precious seed. I am already looking forward to seeing the fruit it bears in the years to come.
Lastly, on behalf of Kodo, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and respect to Ariane Mnouchkine of Théâtre du Soleil for inviting “Kodo Next Generation” to France.
Mio Teycheney-Takashiro, Production Manager