Thrilling off-beat theatre by a group that charges headlong into the absurd!
Returning to Kyoto Experiment for the first time in eleven years, Crack Iron Albatorosskett is a performance group formed at a Yose (entertainment hall) in Nezu, Tokyo. The group’s scripts are written by playwright and novelist Akito Inui. Inspired by counterculture movements and the art of wanderers and drifters—from rōkyoku (traditional Japanese narrative singing) and rakugo (traditional Japanese storytelling), to the blues and beat culture—their performances are characterized by quick-fire, 1-5 minute musical skits that depict the daily lives of people on the margins of society. Through the crazy comical appearances of the performers who dive into the absurd, the group’s work sharply carves out the essence of things. This lively world of outsiders is perhaps disappearing in the clean, modern city, especially as intolerance redoubles in the current pandemic. Is Crack Iron’s world where foolishness, impermanence and rebellion explode simply an exercise in nostalgia? With seats in close proximity to the stage, make sure you experience this spectacular, circus-like performance with your own eyes!
10.22 (Fri) 19:00
10.23 (Sat) 14:00
10.24 (Sun) 15:00
Duration: 90 min
Doors open 30 min. prior to the performance.
Crack Iron Albatorosskett
Crack Iron Albatorosskett is a performance group that formed at the Yose (entertainment hall) Miyanaga Kaikan in Nezu, Tokyo in 1997. Their performances usually consist of around fifty, one to five minute quick-fire skits. Through interweaving skits, songs and dance and incorporating elements of rōkyoku (traditional Japanese narrative singing) and rakugo (traditional Japanese storytelling) as well as rock n roll, punk, literature, film and food, a world of nonsense, ambiguity, foolishness, impermanence and rebellion is naturally emerges. Playwright and performer Akito Inui writes the group's scripts. He is also active as a writer as is the author of Suppon Shinjū (2013, won the 40th Yasunari Kawabata Literature Ward) and Noroi Otoko Haiyū Kameoka Takuji (2016, won the 38th Noma Literary New Face Prize).
Playwright: Akito Inui
Direction: Misao Ushijima
Cast: Akito Inui, Isao Okumura, Tomohito Nakajima, Utako Marx, Yoichi Murakami, Shinichi Watabe, Kumotaro Mukai,
Yusuke Furusawa, Kataoka Toyo, Daiichiro Yuyama
Sound: Hisayoshi Sasaki
Lighting: Sachiko Adachi
Costume: Midori Hagino
Production Manager: Satomi Matsushima
Special thanks to Rowe Marx
Produced by Crack Iron Albatorosskett
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council and National Arts Council
Presented by Kyoto Experiment