Niwa Gekidan Penino

Avidya: No Lights Inn

Niwa Gekidan Penino, Avidya: No Lights Inn, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue

Glimpse the inner recesses of the mind in this swirling fantasy set at a hot spring inn

Niwa Gekidan Penino conjures up bravado theatrical visions from the imagination of Kuro Tanino, who started his career as a psychiatrist and designs breathtaking sets for his productions. Tanino’s work invites audiences to enter the dark world of the subconscious. Fresh from winning the prestigious Kishida Kunio Drama Award, this first revival of Avidya: No Lights Inn transports us to a hot spring inn deep in the mountains of Hokuriku, northwest Japan. Its curious cast of characters includes an eccentric father and son who are puppeteers, a blind man, a male bathhouse attendant, an old woman, and a geisha.

Luring us into a world we should not see, it is easy to see why the suspenseful play dazzled the Kishida Kunio Drama Award jury. This secluded inn faces demolition to make way for a new railroad. It becomes a metaphorical site for the inner recesses of the mind, a place that exposes our misunderstanding and desires, and our cruelty. Passing through this portal to another world expands our senses, changing the way we even view Japan. Supplemented by Niwa Gekidan Penino’s signature stage design, the play unfolds on a giant, revolving set featuring two levels that further enhances the mystery of the location.

Niwa Gekidan Penino, Avidya: No Lights Inn, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Niwa Gekidan Penino, Avidya: No Lights Inn, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Niwa Gekidan Penino, Avidya: No Lights Inn, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Niwa Gekidan Penino, Avidya: No Lights Inn, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Niwa Gekidan Penino, Avidya: No Lights Inn, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue Niwa Gekidan Penino, Avidya: No Lights Inn, 2016, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue
YEAR
2016 AUTUMN
DATES
11.9(Wed)-11.13(Sun)
VENUE
North Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
DURATION
130min.
LANGUAGE
Japanese with English surtitles
CITY
Tokyo, Japan
CATEGORY

Kuro Tanino

Born in 1976 in Toyama Prefecture, Kuro Tanino is the artistic director of Niwa Gekidan Penino as well as resident playwright and director. He was a Saison Foundation Senior Fellow until 2015. After launching Niwa Gekidan Penino while still a medical student in 2000, he has since written and directed all the company’s plays. He has received invitations to festivals around the world. He premiered Käfig aus Wasser in March 2015 in Germany, while Avidya: No Lights Inn won the Kishida Kunio Drama Award in 2016.

Niwa Gekidan Penino

http://niwagekidan.org/english

The group took its departure at the theatre group of the Showa Universtiy in 2000. Since the beginnig, the founder Kuro Tanino, a trained psychiater,
has been the creative mind of the collective, which has attracted international attention since quite some time. Niwagekidan Penino (Garden theatre group Penino) has been invited to festivals in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and other places.

Text and directionKuro Tanino
CastMame Yamada, Takahiko Tsuji, Ichigo Iida, Kayo Ishikawa, Atsuko Kubo, Bobumi Hidaka, Hayato Mori
VoiceRitsuko Tamura
DramaturgeJunichiro Tamaki, Yukiko Yamaguchi, Mario Yoshino
Stage designMichiko Inada
Lighting designMasayuki Abe
Lighting operationMiho Akutsu
Sound designKoji Sato
Stage managerIsao Kubo
Assistant directorYui Matsumoto
MusicYu Okuda
Chinese violin trainingRosyu Kawase
Company managerChika Onozuka
Planned and produced byNiwa Gekidan Penino
Supported byJapan Arts Fund [In Kyoto]
Stage assistantMao Sakai, Kazuya Inoue
Production coordinatorAzumi Komoto, Aya Komori
Production supportMai Hongo
Presented byNiwa Gekidan Penino, Arche LLC., Kyoto Experiment

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