Satoshi Ago / Teita Iwabuchi + Lyota Yagi / Kei Tsujimoto

Showcase: Forecast - Satoshi Ago Program

Showcase: Forecast [Satoshi Ago Program] Satoshi Ago, Stories on Pure Language: The Tower of Babel Ⅱ, 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Tetsuya Hayashiguchi

Forecast is a showcase of work by emerging Japanese artists, curated by guest specialists

One program is directed by playwright, director, and Atelier Gekken director Satoshi Ago, and another by Katsura Kunieda, a curator at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art. The showcase offers an alternate perspective on contemporary performing arts to the main Kyoto Experiment program.

Theatre in motion
Following the 2011 earthquake, we have entered a political season, an accelerating era. As people grow more garrulous, in order for the arts to continue to embody free expression, the question of what an artist creates becomes more important, simultaneously with the format he or she uses, with format becoming directly linked to existence. With abstraction and the complex processes involved in making a work in mind, what I want to focus anew on is the makeup of the body, which lies at the base of all manner of expression. In a theater, what kind of body is possible? There are perhaps three types: firstly, the body that stands there alone; secondly, the body that coexists with other media such as objects or video; and thirdly, the absent body. From Kei Tsujimoto’s consummated physicality and movement founded on judo, to Teita Iwabuchi’s actuations of alternative interpretations with physical structures, and my own movement in a space absent of performers, these three different sets of perspectives considered in the theater are also complemented by the perspectives of contemporary visual artists Lyota Yagi and Daisuke Yamashiro, explicitly expressing gradations of the body. And while only a coincidence, the artists are also all aged between 30 and 39, and thus offering a gradation of their thirties. In this age of easy words, when we can prescribe the self with a single click, I hope this program will be an opportunity for discovering who we are through the medium of physical expression rife with abstraction.
Satoshi Ago

Teita Iwabuchi + Lyota Yagi
RECORDS
This is the second collaboration between dancer and choreographer Teita Iwabuchi and multimedia artist Lyota Yagi, exploring the possibilities of communication between time dealing with recorded material and time possessed by the human body.

Kei Tsujimoto
Field Pray #2 Mimicry and Retracing
Based on the physicality of judo, which dancer and choreographer Kei Tsujimoto has been doing since his youth, this performance incorporates autobiographic elements such as the environment in which Tsujimoto grew up, as well as sampling and developing the physical techniques of dance and Japanese martial arts.

Satoshi Ago
Stories on Pure Language: The Tower of Babel Ⅱ
Can it be called theater when there are no actors on stage? But what is an actor? Devised and directed by Satoshi Ago from the ideas of Walter Benjamin, Ago teams up with video artist Daisuke Yamashiro to explore the possibilities of a performer-less performance, deconstructing and reconfiguring the performance of the actor.

Showcase: Forecast [Satoshi Ago Program] Satoshi Ago, Stories on Pure Language: The Tower of Babel Ⅱ, 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Tetsuya Hayashiguchi Showcase: Forecast [Satoshi Ago Program] Satoshi Ago, Stories on Pure Language: The Tower of Babel Ⅱ, 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Tetsuya Hayashiguchi Showcase: Forecast [Satoshi Ago Program] Satoshi Ago, Stories on Pure Language: The Tower of Babel Ⅱ, 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Tetsuya Hayashiguchi Showcase: Forecast [Satoshi Ago Program] Teita Iwabuchi + Lyota Yagi, RECORDS, 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Tetsuya Hayashiguchi Showcase: Forecast [Satoshi Ago Program] Teita Iwabuchi + Lyota Yagi, RECORDS, 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Tetsuya Hayashiguchi Showcase: Forecast [Satoshi Ago Program] Teita Iwabuchi + Lyota Yagi, RECORDS, 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Tetsuya Hayashiguchi Showcase: Forecast [Satoshi Ago Program] Kei Tsujimoto, Field Pray #2 Mimicry and Retracing, 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Tetsuya Hayashiguchi Showcase: Forecast [Satoshi Ago Program] Kei Tsujimoto, Field Pray #2 Mimicry and Retracing, 2016, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Tetsuya Hayashiguchi
YEAR
2016 SPRING
DATES
3.20(Sun)-3.21(Mon)
VENUE
Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center
DURATION
120min.
CATEGORY

Satoshi Ago

Born in 1976. Satoshi Ago is an artistic director at theatre “atelier Gekken.” Ago’ s “theater of mechanical reproduction” utilizes digital devices and special makeup. He studied in Paris for three months in 2014–15 on the Agency for Cultural Af fairs’ Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists. His major work includes total eclipse (Yokohama Museum of Art, National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2011) and Theater of Mechanical Reproduction: Passage III (Komaba Agora Theater, enoco, Atelier Gekken, 2013–14). He won a Kyoto City Special Bounty for Art and Culture in 2010. He is a 2013–14 junior fellow of the Saison Foundation.

RECORDS
Choreography, PerformanceTeita Iwabuchi
Stage artLyota Yagi
Field Pray #2 Mimicry and Retracing
ChoreographyKei Tsujimoto
With the cooperation ofKen Okuda, Yuka Saeki, Kazuma Mizukami (Galleria LUCE), Akihisa Yamamoto, Hatsunekan Studio
Stories on Pure Language: The Tower of Babel Ⅱ
Concept, DirectionSatoshi Ago
TextKunio Kishida
CastHiroshi Ota (SEINENDAN), Aki Takeda (Gyotou)
VoiceTowa Akutagawa, Yuka Ohsumi
DramaturgeMasaki Nakamasa (Kanazawa University)
VideoDaisuke Yamashiro
Musicpublic on the mountain
Stage managerShuji Hamamura
SoundYasutaka Kobayakawa
Sound operatorManabu Saito
LightingAkane Ikebe
SettingYasue Ago
Video assistantRyusuke Sakane (dokidoki boys)
Video technicalMitsuru Tokisato
Production coordinatorKeita Nagasawa
Presented byKyoto Experiment