Who passes on knowledge about the body? Where does it go?
A dialogue between teens and adults begins
Although teenagers living in the Kansai area perform in this piece, you do not see them on stage. This work of participatory theater begins with chairs arranged in a circle, twelve unknowing audience members, and the ringing of cellphones. It proceeds to unfold through the audience’s conversation with the teens on the other end of the line.
Samara Hersch’s practice explores the intersections among different communities. In this work, she focuses on the formation of knowledge around sex education and our bodies and attempts to create intergenerational conversations about topics spanning sexuality, aging, and death. The teens ask simple questions to the audience on the subject of “things about the body you’d want to ask an adult.” How would you respond to such frank inquiries, which might even make adults blush?
Through their conversations with the teenagers, the audience members encounter various political and social perspectives regarding the body and its effect on others and the world at large. On stage, the hierarchies between categories like adult/child, teacher/student, and performer/audience get dismantled, and the positions begin to intersect. There, alternative methods for sharing our knowledge and wisdom may be revealed.
10.1 (Sat) 15:30 / 19:00
10.2 (Sun) 15:30 ♡ / 19:00
10.6 (Thu) 19:00
10.7 (Fri) 19:00
10.8 (Sat) 18:00
10.9 (Sun) 18:00
10.10 (Mon) 18:00
♡ Childcare Service
Duration: 105 min
Language: Japanese only
Age limit and other information:
No admission for audiences aged 19 and under (due to the fact teenage performers interact with an adult audience). Audiences may not enter after the performance has started. Please note you will be required to hand in your mobile phone before the performance. 12 people per performance.
Samara Hersch is a director from Australia, currently based between Amsterdam and Melbourne. She recently completed her Masters at Das Theatre in Amsterdam. Hersch’s practice explores the intersection of contemporary performance and community engagement. Her recent body of work focuses on critical trans-generational dialogue with an enquiry into conversation as performance. These works include: Body of Knowledge, a work that invites teenagers to host conversations with adults regarding questions they have about the body, Sex and Death, an intimate encounter led by performers in their seventies and eighties and For the Time Being a remote, inter-generational encounter.
Concept and Lead Artist: Samara Hersch
Dramaturge: Maria Rößler
Creative Technologist: Fred Rodrigues
Set Design: Belle Santos
Lighting: Jen Hector
Production Manager: Zsofia Paczolay
Producer: Freya Waterson
Local Translator and Youth Support: Keiko Yamaguchi
Youth Support Assistants: Sonoko Chishiro, Sayo Nakamura
Artistic Advisors: Mette Ingvartsen and Edit Kaldor
Artistic Associate: Cassandra Fumi
Performers: ulu, Cocoro, Sae, Sayu, shun, Sora, Tamaki, niko, Hiiro, Hiraku, Hiromi, hoimi, Manaho, Mitsu, M²iyu and ມື້ນີ້
Song written by Sae Matsumoto
Realized in the framework of Be SpectACTive! – CapoTrave / Kilowatt, Artemrede, Bakelit Multi Art Center, Brut, BUDA Kortrijk, Cafè de las Artes Teatro, Domino, Divadelná Nitra, Dublin theatre festival, Göteborgs stadss kulturförvaltning / Stora teatern, Institution Student Cultural Centre, Occitanie en scène languedoc-roussillon, Plesni teater, Tanec praha, Teatrul national Radu Stanca
Co-commissioned by SICK! Festival in Manchester, Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, Carriageworks in Sydney. An early version of this work was developed at DAS Theatre in Amsterdam.
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council and National Arts Council, Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities [Intergenerational Thinking], Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF)
Presented by Kyoto Experiment
Kyoto Experiment Staff
Production coordinator: Yukina Yagi, Tomo Setou (KYOTO ART CENTER)
Technical Coordinator: Kodachi Kitagata
Intern: Michiru Araki, Aika Matsushita
Samara Hersch's Body of Knowledge at Kyoto Experiment is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.