You have the feeling of being in a theatre behind the curtain. You are very close to the players with their elegant quick and professional use of their tools. In their white dresses and with their Japanese smiling politeness they cut, massage and arrange in a highly artistic manner.
Yesterday the show/play had seven chapters with a small intermezzo after the first four. The dramaturgy was clear: a strong colourful start to catch the attention of the audience, like a tableau, followed by some issue presentations leading to a first beauty contest between the elements. Close-up of oyster and foie gras. To be continued later on, earth and water, lobster and thin cut meat.
The professionals were busy in their open working place, gentle movements, the tone of the play was inviting, yet the music was not really fitting, too loud, too much pop, why not a composition from the country of origin?
Otherwise a perfect narrative, playful and clever and aesthetic. With a happy, sweet ending, colourful, sunshine, a taste of summer.
There are several versions available from the hands and mind of Morimoto, the one I chose is for most of us a once-in-a-year experience. Or less.