Potudo-ru

Castle of Dreams

Potudo-ru, Castle of Dreams, Former Rissei Elementary School, 2012. Photo by Takashi Horikawa

A bizarre apathetic communal life of young people
who have abandoned even speaking.
Baring the truth about Japanese society, Potudo-ru
puts on one controversial work!

Potudo-ru is known for their realistic fictions, settling on the sex and youth
culture in Tokyo as symbolic aspects of modern living. It is their first appearance in Kyoto! Led by Daisuke Miura, a playwright, the company was founded in 1996. Eliminating theatrical aspects to the utmost limit, their semi-documentary work Knight Club (2000, 2002) has been highly acclaimed. The company has explored a unique approach to fictional stories, infusing them with a semi-documentary feel since then. ANIMAL (2004), traveling to Osaka for the first time, is an ambitious work, in which the emotional state of Tokyo gang members, who are potentially facing death, is displayed silently like a landscape. Miura received the 50th Kunio Kishida Dramatic Award with Love’s Whirlpool in 2005.

Premiered in 2006, Castle of Dreams is a controversial silent dramatic work about young people who all live in a one room apartment. The audience is to voyeuristically observe their apathetic life; sleeping, eating, watching TV and just hanging out. After performing in Essen, Germany in 2010, the show traveled to Brussels, Vienna and Montreal in 2011. The elaborate detail of the small apartment and the apathy among the youth can be seen as a slice of Japanese social reality or a vain fiction. Is what’s left in the audience at the end a sense of repulsion, empathy or something else!?

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YEAR
2012
DATES
10.25(Thu)-10.28(Sun)
VENUE
Auditorium, Former Rissei Elementary School
DURATION
70min.
CITY
Tokyo, Japan
CATEGORY

Potudo-ru

Founded in December, 1996 with Daisuke Miura and the member of the Theater Club at Waseda University. Has performed 19 works, including self-produced productions and collaborations as of today. Received the 50th Kunio Kishida Dramatic Award with Love’s Whirlpool, which dealt plainly with human sexual desire, in 2005. Invited by Theater der Welt 2010 at Essen, Germany, the company performed Castle of Dreams overseas for the first time. With 5 more performances in 4 other countries, including Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Wiener Festwochen and Festival TransAmériques in Montreal, the company has won raves from international audiences.

Text,DirectionDaisuke Miura
CastRyotaro Yonemura, Yusuke Furusawa, Hideaki Washio, Kotaro Inoue, Yuya Matsuura, Runa Endo, Megumi Nitta, Yoshiko Miyajima
Stage ManagerAkiyoshi Tsutsui, Tomohiro Yokoo
Stage DesignToshie Tanaka
LightingTakashi Ito (ART CORE)
SoundYoshihiro Nakamura
Video, Publicity DesignNorimichi Tomita
Stage PropsMichiyo Kawai
Production CoordinatorKyoko Kinoshita, In cooperation with gokiburi kombinat, THE SHAMPOO HAT, Stardas21, Palette, BIRD LABEL, Duck Soup, Office PSC, SPACE ten, MASH
ProducedPotudo-ru
PresentedKyoto Experiment