Kein Licht. (No Light.)
A landscape woven by voice, light and bodies. Does it proclaim the end? Or hope?
Launching their studio UNDER-THROW in Kitashirakawa, Kyoto and presenting their work on a regular basis, Chiten has not only established a distinct style of performance and its own ticketing system, but also speaks to an international audience directly from Kyoto – as if it’s their manifesto on the public nature of theater. For their fourth appearance at Kyoto Experiment, instead of premiering new work as it did the last three years, Chiten introduces a piece shown at Festival/Tokyo 12, the critically acclaimed Kein Licht.
While the original text is written by Elfriede Jelinek, the Austrian Nobel Prize-winner, as an homage to 3.11, Chiten reinterprets it in their own particular theatrical vernacular, a unique style of language which has been described as “Chitenese”. Being a rare example of Chiten working with a contemporary text, the work questions the boundary between the voice of the actors and the voice of the dead – where the agency lies. Together with a live “sound machine” by Masahiro Miwa and space designed by Junpei Kiz, an overwhelmingly intense environment where sound/voice/body countervail each other emerges. The light of enlightenment leading to a state in which there is no light of hope. What we see on stage is beyond our imagination.
- Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza
- Kyoto, Japan
|Direction||Motoi Miura (Chiten)|
|Music direction||Masahiro Miwa|
|Cast||Satoko Abe, Dai Ishida, Koji Ogawara, Shie Kubota, Saki Kohno, Yohei Kobayashi (all for Chiten)|
|Chorus||Yuko Asahiyama, Asuka Imai, Takuya Oi, Kazuki Ohata, Noriko Komura, Shigeto Nakanishi, Aiko Noguchi, Hayama, Midori Matsuyama, Yui Murata, Yoshiya Yoshimitsu, Tomomi Yonezu|
|Stage design||Junpei Kiz|
|Lighting design||Shinichiro Oishi (KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre)|
|Lighting operation||Mari Iwata (KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre)|
|Sound design||Reiko Tokuhisa (KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre)|
|Sound operation||Yuhei Inazumi (KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre)|
|Stage manager||Eiho Yamaguchi (KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre)|
|Assistant stage manager||Mitsuaki Adachi|
|Technical manager||Mahito Horiuchi (KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre)|
|Production coordinator||Aya Komori, Yuna Tajima (all for Chiten)|
|Production||Festival/Tokyo, Chiten (premiere)|
|Co-production for 2014 version||Kyoto Experiment|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|