Rena (Chiba)

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Rena belongs to the 20-34 age group. She is living in Chiba prefecture, with her parents, grandmother and brother. She is working as an actress, “tachi” sword dancing acrobat and choreographer. From elementary school, Rena loved to perform in dances at matsuri festivals. She loved wearing yukata and Japanese clothing and dancing soranbushi or yosakoi. When she was in junior high school she started doing drama. Rena is very short and she always played the poor little country girl. She often wore torn cotton farming clothing, covered her arms in mud and pretending to pick up food off the floor. When she was 15 and entered high school she had a dream to perform abroad. At this time she started studying tate, the art of the sword for stage, (acrobatic sword dancing). Once she graduated, she went to Paris and she did a solo street perform in kimono. She also went sightseeing dressed up in kimono.

Rena has performed solo and with a group in France, Thailand, Canada, Germany and England, at Japanese festivals such as Hyper Japan, and also in street performances. She has a furisode that she often uses as an uchikake or hikizuri, and she usually wears 7,5,3(shichigosan) kimono. She wears them in performances and also to go sightseeing. She can do this because she is so short.

Rena also does shodo calligraphy and has made a calligraphy short film, where the painting is done on the body. She has now joined a tate group which has seven members. Rena is the youngest member and the only girl but she arranges all the choreography and makes all the costumes by adapting kimono. She thinks hard about how to tell a story in the performances without using words, as the audiences often do not understand Japanese. Rena’s collection includes 35 kimono, half of which are very plain and ordinary kimono from her grandmother, which she brightens up with lots of accessories. The other half are very bright kimono, mostly for seven year old girls and five year old boys. The boys’ hakama looks like a skirt and she wears them for sightseeing.

玲奈さん 20歳~34歳の年齢のグループ。千葉県在住。独身。お仕事は劇団の女優、殺陣のパフォーマー、振り付け師、そして監督をされています。

玲奈さんは小学生の頃からお祭りで踊ることが大好きで、よさこいやソーラン節を浴衣や和服で踊っていました。中学校時代から演劇を始めましたが、身長が低いためかいつも田舎の貧しい小さな女の子の役で、お百姓の衣装で腕を泥だらけにして食べ物を探す演技をしていました。高校生になった頃から海外でパフォーマンスをしたいという夢を持ち、その頃に殺陣を学び始めました。高校卒業後、パリに行き、街のなかでソロのパフォーマンスをしたり、着物で観光をしたりしました。フランスをはじめ、タイ、カナダ、ドイツ、イギリスなどで、ハイパージャパンのステージなどの日本にちなんだフェステイバルやストリートなどで、ソロやまたは団体でパフォーマンスを行ないました。そんなとき振袖を花魁の打掛やお引きずりの衣装に使ったり、七五三の着物を着て観光に出かけたりしました。身長のおかげで5歳の着物も7歳の着物も着られます。
書道が好きで身体の上に字を書く短編映画も作りました。

今は七人の団員がいる殺陣の劇団に所属しています。女性は玲奈さん一人で一番若いメンバーですが振り付けを担当したり古い着物を工夫して衣装を作ったりしています。日本語がわからない観客にどうしたら言葉ではなく動きだけで物語が伝わるかいつも考えていてます。

玲奈さんの所有する着物は35枚。半分はおばあ様から譲り受けた普段着の着物で、着る時にたくさんの小物で華やかにします。残りの半分はほとんどが古着屋で買った鮮やかな七五三の着物、その他は訪問着、振袖一枚ずつと浴衣です。

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