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Monday, June 13, 2011

Review: JapJAP (Fringe 2011)

Reviewed by Émilie Charlebois

JapJAP tells the story of an alien, birthed from a spandex metallic blue cocoon at the very beginning, whose identity (race and gender) is debated over by its different body parts. Hands, stomach, boobs and knees all become highly opinionated puppets in this weird, thoughtful, smart and insanely creative piece. The performance is light and fun but its content deals with serious identity politics, carrying the message: “if you don’t know yourself, others will decide for you.” Una Aya Osato bears it all to show that she and the creature JapJAP have no shame and a crap load of talent. JapJAP is perfect for people looking for a quintessentially weird Fringe show that’s different and a little out there, but one that still lets the audience in.

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