Sachiko Hara

Hiroshima Monster Girl

A performance by Sachiko Hara

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Hiroshima Monster Girl is a solo performance by Sachiko Hara. In 30 minutes she tells what happened in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, how a girl survived there, how she continues to live, how she later meets a girl from Fukushima, what she wishes for the world today.

Sachiko Hara speaks a haunting text and plays with strong body expression and interacts with projected video images. The music was composed by the Japanese improvisation musician Kazuhisa Uchihashi. Paintings by the Hiroshima artist Goro Shikoku are shown, who painted Hiroshima whole his life for world peace. As background of the performance please look here : hiroshima-salon.sachikohara.net

Why is performance important?

What do survivors of the Hiroshima Atomic bomb hope? Of Nagasaki? Of Bikini Atoll? What do victims of the war want? A world without war, a world without bombs. It seems almost impossible today to achieve complete world peace . But I want to struggle for it in my own way and I want to discuss with people what we can do for it. Why should we keep remembering? I have seen many places: Ruins after wars, pain of lost homeland, fear of living near a military base or a nuclear waste dump. In everyday life we can ignore such fears, but sometimes we can make them the subject of discussion. After the performance, which tells what happened in Hiroshima, we can reflect on what it means today. Are there similar stories in your city?

In Germany, for example: after a phase of apparent détente and disarmament from the 1990s onwards, the planned cancellation of the INF treaty (“Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces”) for the disarmament of medium-range missiles by Donald Trump is another step in the reversal of global nuclear weapons policy – in Germany as well. Up to 20 B61 bombs of the US military are stationed at the nuclear weapons base “Fliegerhorst Büchel” in the Eifel region in Germany for use by German soldiers. According to the Nobel Peace Prize winner ICAN (“International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons”), each of these bombs has a ​maximum explosive power comparable to that of 13 Hiroshima bombs. Not only Germany. Hiroshima is everywhere. We live with danger. How should we live? What shall we do? These questions are forever in my mind as I travel around the world with this performance.

Herstory

02.14.2020
“Hiroshima Monster Girl”
at ICAN Paris Forum
02.08.2020
“Hiroshima Monster Girl” & Hiroshima-Salon
at Zürich Schauspielhaus
10.24.2019
“Hiroshima Monster Girl” & Hiroshima-Salon
at Zürich Schauspielhaus
08.18.2019
“Hiroshima Monster Girl”
in Braunschweig.
Roter Salon at Schloss Braunschweig
06.13.2019
“Hiroshima Monster Girl”
in FAQ Room at Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg
02.13.2019
Hiroshima-Salon with “Hiroshima Monster Girl”
at Schauspielhaus Hannover

Press

06.02.2020
swissinfo.ch: “Japanese actor living in Europe to convey
the memory of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima”

Read more in Japanese

30.11.2019
the japan times: “Sachiko Hara: Acting on a dream to perform”

Read more in English

21.11.2019
47 NEWS : “Why Japanese actors continue to bring the
tragedy of the atomic bombing to Europe”

Read more in Japanese

25.10.2019
Tagesanzeiger: “Hiroshima, meine Liebe”

Read more in German

13.6.2019
TAZ: “Die atomare Gefahr begleitet uns ständig”

Interview with Sachiko Hara

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07.02.2019
h-eins: “Hiroshima Monster Girl – Performance im Cumberland”

Team

By & withSachiko Hara
VideoYannik Böhmer
DramaturgyLucie Ortmann
MusicKazuhisa Uchihashi

Contact

The solo-performance “Hiroshima Monster Girl” by Sachiko Hara
is available in German, in English and in Japanese.
It’s duration is about 30 minutes. “Hiroshima Monster Girl” goes everywhere.
Please contact if you have interest to host:

info [at] sachikohara.net

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