Satoshi Ago / Teita Iwabuchi + Lyota Yagi / Kei Tsujimoto
Showcase: Forecast - Satoshi Ago Program
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.
Teita Iwabuchi + Lyota Yagi
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.
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.
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.
- 2016 SPRING
- Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center
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.
|Choreography, Performance||Teita Iwabuchi|
|Stage art||Lyota Yagi|
|Field Pray #2 Mimicry and Retracing|
|With the cooperation of||Ken Okuda, Yuka Saeki, Kazuma Mizukami (Galleria LUCE), Akihisa Yamamoto, Hatsunekan Studio|
|Stories on Pure Language: The Tower of Babel Ⅱ|
|Concept, Direction||Satoshi Ago|
|Cast||Hiroshi Ota (SEINENDAN), Aki Takeda (Gyotou)|
|Voice||Towa Akutagawa, Yuka Ohsumi|
|Dramaturge||Masaki Nakamasa （Kanazawa University）|
|Music||public on the mountain|
|Stage manager||Shuji Hamamura|
|Sound operator||Manabu Saito|
|Video assistant||Ryusuke Sakane (dokidoki boys)|
|Video technical||Mitsuru Tokisato|
|Production coordinator||Keita Nagasawa|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|