This matter concerns you, as it does me
Pioneers of inclusive theater Back to Back Theatre has been producing works for over 30 years that center actors with intellectual disabilities. This marks the first time this internationally renowned company is introduced to the Kansai region.
The theater work takes place at a public meeting, where three activists with disabilities participate to caution about the dangers of artificial intelligence. They say, “This should be a civil and calm meeting, everyone should respect each other, no personal attacks and keep everything nice.” The activists continue: “Are you alright?” “I can’t remember what I need to say.” “Something like – ‘We are a group of people with disabilities ….’” “Fighting oppression and injustice.” “My mind’s blank.”
The interactions between these people with disabilities can be read as comical and cynical; they illuminate the reality that our prejudices and biases are the greatest hindrances to saving the world, as well as our lack of imagination concerning others’ lives. This work confronts its audience with the question: what really is correct or right?
10.7 (Sat) 15:30
10.8 (Sun) 15:30 ★◆♡
★ Post-show talk
◆ Festival Share Cafe
♡ Childcare Service (reservation required 7 days before each performance)
Duration: 60 min
English with Japanese and English surtitles
⚠️ Recommended for ages 12 and above.
Youth (25 and under), Students ¥3,000
High School Students & Younger ¥1,000
Day tickets: Advance ticket price +¥500.
High school students & younger are the same price as advance tickets.
Back to Back Theatre
Back to Back Theatre creates new forms of contemporary performance imagined from the minds and experiences of a unique ensemble of actors with a disability, giving voice to social and political issues that speak to all people. Based in the regional center of Geelong, the company is one of Australia’s most globally recognized and respected contemporary theater companies. Since 1999, under the Artistic Directorship of Bruce Gladwin, the company has nurtured a unique artistic voice with an emphasis on the ensemble’s own commentaries on broad social and cultural dialogue. In addition to its professional practice, Back to Back collaborates intensively with communities around the world, with a focus on artistic excellence and elevated social inclusion for people with disabilities.