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Never at risk of being run of the mill, Chelfitsch — which took its name from a baby’s pronunciation of the English word “selfish” and usually stylizes itself with a lowercase “c” — is one of Japan’s foremost contemporary theater companies, despite only rarely performing here. Instead, it can mostly be found revealing the real state of today’s Japan to sellout audiences worldwide with a passion unique among its peers.

However, the company’s popularity is such that wherever it performs — from Lebanon to Croatia, the United States, China, Brazil and beyond — the audience usually includes a few itinerant Japanese theatergoers, with lots typically turning up for the world premieres it often stages in Europe.

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