Niwa Gekidan Penino
Avidya: No Lights Inn
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.
- 2016 AUTUMN
- North Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
- Japanese with English surtitles
- Tokyo, Japan
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
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 direction||Kuro Tanino|
|Cast||Mame Yamada, Takahiko Tsuji, Ichigo Iida, Kayo Ishikawa, Atsuko Kubo, Bobumi Hidaka, Hayato Mori|
|Dramaturge||Junichiro Tamaki, Yukiko Yamaguchi, Mario Yoshino|
|Stage design||Michiko Inada|
|Lighting design||Masayuki Abe|
|Lighting operation||Miho Akutsu|
|Sound design||Koji Sato|
|Stage manager||Isao Kubo|
|Assistant director||Yui Matsumoto|
|Chinese violin training||Rosyu Kawase|
|Company manager||Chika Onozuka|
|Planned and produced by||Niwa Gekidan Penino|
|Supported by||Japan Arts Fund [In Kyoto]|
|Stage assistant||Mao Sakai, Kazuya Inoue|
|Production coordinator||Azumi Komoto, Aya Komori|
|Production support||Mai Hongo|
|Presented by||Niwa Gekidan Penino, Arche LLC., Kyoto Experiment|