A Japanese artist known for her unique style adapts a radical play from Chile
Chiharu Shinoda started her career as a director with FAIFAI, a group that broke down theatrical conventions and appropriated pop and street elements. Since 2012, Shinoda has worked solo and is now based in Bangkok, Thailand, where she creates theater collectively with various collaborators. From 2014, her work has at tempted to renounce or challenge theater, or exploit theater as an opportunity to experiment. Her latest project is Zoo, written by leading Chilean theater artist Manuela Infante.
Premiered in Japan at Kyoto Experiment 2016 Spring by Infante herself, the lecture performance features scientists who have discovered an indigenous tribe, exploring the “exhibition of humanity” and colonialism. In Shinoda’s version, she examines what is “Otherness” for the performers and exhibits it to audiences. Proficient in coordinating encounters between people from differing cultural backgrounds, Shinoda brilliantly extracts a whole new essence from the play.
- 2016 AUTUMN
- Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center
- Japanese and English (with Japanese and English surtitles)
- Bangkok, Thailand
Theater director, writer and event organizer Chiharu Shinoda was born in Tokyo in 1982. She started her career with FAIFAI, which was founded in 2004 by students of the same faculty of Tama Art University. Shinoda took a major role in the group, directing, writing scripts, and organizing events. The company received invitations from both Japanese and overseas festivals and theaters, and received the top prize at Zürcher Theater Spektakels ZKB Patronage in 2010. Shinoda was a finalist for the Toyota Choreography Award in 2012. Since 2012, she has been based in Bangkok as an independent artist. She is a Saison Foundation Junior Fellow for the 2016 fiscal year.
|Original text||Manuela Infante|
|Dramaturge, translation, surtitles||Kako Kishimoto (Multilingual Performance Theater Company Utsubo)|
|Art direction||Kazuki Takakura (Hanchu-Yuei)|
|Cast||Kan Fukuhara (Hanchu-Yuei), Mika Masuda, Yamuna Bambi Valenta, Doji Shigeyama|
|VR direction||God Scorpion (Psychic VR Lab)|
|Lighting design||Ryoya Fudetani|
|Production coordinator||Eri Shibata|
|Stage manager||Shuji Hamamura|
|Technical coodinator||Nobuaki Oshika|
|Assistant directors||Mayu Otaki, Kyoko Yamazaki|
|Supported by||the Saison Foundation|
|In co-operation with||Hanchu-Yuei, PURISSIMA, DOJI COMPANY Inc., Office Beginning, exiii Inc., Gifted Agent, Panoramania Inc., Ichitaro Suzuki, WORLD ART DIALOGUE, Samuel Annesley, Yoshitaka Shimada, Daniel Ainger, Ryosuke Takeuchi, Pure Nation by Satoshi Ago, Sengoro Shigeyama, Motohiko Shigeyama, Shigeru Shigeyama, Toyomi Kano, Kei Ikeda, Kazunori Kameshima, Masanori Kikuzawa, Tomoe Saito, Ichiro Sugae, Moeka Takeda, Yoko Maekawa, Yuichiro Matsuo, Yukina Mizuno, Shuntaro Yoshida, Mikey Cheah, TORIO|
|Produced by||Kyoto Experiment|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|