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January 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Ichigo-Ichieh New Theatre presents VACANT LOT, a contemporary dance/theatre piece directed and choreographed by Hiromoto Ida.

VACANT LOT is based on the play “SARACHI” by contemporary Japanese theatre artist, Shogo Ota. A long-married couple visit the vacant lot where their house once stood. They innocently share memories (some happy, some not so pleasant) of their life together, of the house, and of their kids. Soon after, they realize how short this life is, and that our existence in the universe is so fragile. The couple deeply questions: what is the meaning of this life?

Frequent artistic collaborators Lindsay Clague and Hiromoto Ida embody the married couple, storytelling through movement, dialogue, and at times, stillness. This work balances on the edge between spoken theatre and dance theatre, exploring elements of both, revealing the loneliness of human existence and our longing to connect to each other and to the universe. While the overarching themes are existential, the play is also filled with delightful comedic moments that tickle the soul.

The production team for VACANT LOT includes John Tucker (sound designer), Sharon Huizinga (lighting designer), Ian Johnston (stage designer), Lindsay Clague (assistant director), and Hannah Stevens (stage manager).

About the company:

Ichigo-Ichieh New Theatre was established in 2006 by Hiromoto Ida. Previous works include “SENTAKU” (Vancouver International Dance Festival, and excerpt at World Dance Alliance Global Assembly, York University), “KESSA” (excerpt at the Powell Street Festival, Vancouver), “The Gift” (Vancouver International Dance Festival), and “DETOUR” (part of The Capitol Theatre season series), “BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO MYSELF” and “HOMECOMING” (2020). Hiromoto studied drama and performance at the Tama Art College, Tokyo and has been a professional dancer, actor and producer in Canada for over 25 years. In 2012, he was appointed as the City of Nelson’s Cultural Ambassador.


January 19
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Capitol Theatre
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