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Yokohama-based Chelfitsch theater company is currently staging a short Tokyo season prior to a European tour with its highly acclaimed “Hotpepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech,” which premiered at the Hebbel am Ufer Theatre (HAU) in Berlin last October.

In 2004, Chelfitsch’s avant-garde founder and leader, Hiroki Okada, made a short, experimental dance-theater program titled “Air Conditioner,” which featured self-centered workers in an office complaining about the temperature of an air conditioner — oblivious to the anxieties of office temp workers facing contract renewals. That piece, which was a finalist for the Toyota Choreography Award 2005, spread Chelfitsch’s name throughout Japan and the international performing-arts scene. Building on that, the company has since made great inroads into the European stage scene, where it is now well known as a cutting-edge company that portrays the lives of Japanese youth.

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