PRESENTED BY Monfu
A magical encounter of two girls across time and oceans and an unlikely friendship. Spanning over five-generations of a family and their giant house by the sea, Fish Saw is a collection of poignant and funny stories told by The Little Girl With Glasses and her best friend, a talking fish, Mr Fish.
Created by a team of artists from Japan, Argentina, and the US, Fish Saw is a solo theatre production, like Ghibli meets Isabel Allende, in which original animation plays an essential role in the storytelling. Inspired by Sachie’s family in Sendai, Japan, who lived by the sea for generations.
“A BEAUTIFUL, FUNNY, TRAGIC, TOUCHING PLAY ABOUT THE ENDURANCE OF MEMORY IN THE FACE OF HUMAN MORTALITY”
“A UNIVERSAL AND SPECIFIC STORY SKILLFULLY TOLD.”
Sachie Mikawa(Co-Writer, Composer, Performer) Led by her curiosity in magical realism, music and clowning, Japanese artist Sachie Mikawa has been creating her musically driven theatrical world since 2005. Sachie was a recipient of the diversity scholarship for Professional Acting Training at Freehold Theatre Lab Studio in Seattle and was one of the founders of the absurdist performance trio Le Frenchword. Sachie has appeared in festivals and productions in North and South America, UK, Europe, Australia, and in New Zealand, where she is currently based. Sachie often appears as Egg in the internationally infamous circus comedy duo, The Birdmann and Egg. In 2017 Sachie created the multimedia solo theatre "Fish Saw” based on her family’s stories in Japan with a team of artists in Buenos Aires. Since relocating to New Zealand, Sachie has been co-producing monthly comedy shows through her company Monfu, showcasing women and diverse performers of Wellington. Sachie is the musical director/composer of Monfu and also a certified Reiki master offering Reiki For Artists in Wellington.
George Lewis(co-writer, director) George Lewis is an internationally recognized Movement Theatre Artist, who has been working as an actor, director, and teacher since 1971. He studied for three years at L’École de Mime Etienne Decroux and L’École Nationale du Cirque in Paris, and worked for seven years with the Russian Master of Meyerhold’s Biomechanics Gennadi Bogdanov. From the beginning he focused his career on creating, acting in, and directing original works, with the companies Omnibus in Montreal, Mirage in Boston, and Freehold Theatre, Le Frenchword, and threeCompany in Seattle. In the last ten years he has been teaching Meyerhold’s Biomechanics, Clown, Acting, and Physical Comedy in his studio Espacio Transparente in Buenos Aires, as well as in Uruguay and Brazil.
Sandra Lía Iurcovich (Animation) From 1993 to the present, Sandra Lía Iurcovich developed her presence as scenographer and art director in films, TV, theater and events. Some of her works include: set and costume design of the “Maldoror” an opera by Leo Masliah at Colón Theatre in Buenos Aires in 2003. In Television she designed stage sets and served as art director for several programs and miniseries. She also designed events for the Ministry of Culture of Nation, such as MICA 2011.
Trent H Baumann(Producer) is an internationally-recognised contemporary variety artist who has played from the New York Clown Festival to the Glastonbury Music Festival. Trent was nominated for Malcolm Hardee Awards' "Most Original Comedy" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Just For Laughs' Best Comedy Award at the Montreal Fringe, and winning Best Circus at the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. Having toured his highly original work to over twenty countries around the world, Trent has developed distinct talents in writing, directing, and performing style. Trent is a graduate of QUT with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama, and was one of the select students in the only Rock 'n' Roll Circus/Circa training program and a masterclass participant with Pixar. He has gained much acclaim for his one-man show as the vanguard of vaudeville, The Birdmann, and wrote and produced ‘Scribble’ for Brisbane’s Out of the Box Children’s Festival. He made his TV debut on Renegade Film’s “Studio at the Memo,” Channel Ten's The Project, and writing, directing and starring in the short film “Coffeehead'' with assistance from Wide Angle Tasmania and Screen Australia for ABC2 and iview.
Depiction of natural disaster (tsunami) in the animation