Takuya Murakawa

Independent Living

Takuya Murakawa, Independent Living, 2017, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Kai Maetani

An artist known for challenging the conventions of theater explores the reality today of relations between Japan, China and South Korea

The director and video artist Takuya Murakawa incorporates documentary and chance as materials in his work. For Everett Ghost Lines, presented at Kyoto Experiment 2014, Murakawa sent instructions to performers in advance about what to do on stage however had no control on whether they would actually come on performance day or not. When indeed performers did not turn up, the audience was left closely observing an empty stage. In this way, it became a talking point for its careful integration of uncertainty.

For his new work at this year’s Kyoto Experiment, Murakawa explores the relationship between Japan, China, and South Korea. These three nations have continued to influence each other historically and culturally. While today there is much discussion about their contested history, politics and territorial disputes, Murakawa avoids tackling these problems head-on at the level of the nation state. Instead, he spent time in the three countries researching and “collecting” the landscapes that lie behind the controversies, and then developed this into a piece of theater. On stage is a room, filled with the sounds of television and information. Performers from each of the three nations appear and talk matter-of-factly about their everyday lives. Out of this landscape emerges a portrait of Japan, China and South Korea today that we do not know.

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YEAR
2017
DATES
10.27(Fri)-10.29(Sun)
VENUE
Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI
DURATION
90min.
LANGUAGE
Japanese, Chinese and Korean with Japanese and English surtitles
CITY
Kyoto, Japan
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Takuya Murakawa

A theater director and video artist, Takuya Murakawa was born in 1982 and is based in Kyoto. His wide-ranging work emerges from the border between fiction and reality, drawing on documentary and fieldwork approaches in order to explore not only questions of artistic methodology but also the true nature of reality. His major work includes Zeitgeber (Festival/Tokyo 2011 Emerging Artists Program), To the Open Sea (Moving Video Art Festival 2012), words (Festival/Tokyo 2012), Everett Ghost Lines (Kyoto Experiment 2014), and Nation: South Korea (planned by Hansol Yoon, 2016). Zeitgeber has been revived in Japan and overseas, and was part of Japan Syndrome – Art and Politics after Fukushima at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, in 2014. As an Agency for Cultural Affairs 2016 East Asia Cultural Envoy, he has led workshops in Shanghai and Beijing. He is currently a Saison Foundation Junior Fellow.

DirectionTakuya Murakawa
CastShuzo Kudo, Jeehye Ham, Zhenqiang Hu
Coordinator, Interpreter (China)Lavender Zhao
Coordinator, Interpreter (Korea)Jinmi Bak
Stage managerShuji Hamamura
LightingAkane Ikebe
SoundToru Koda
VideoNoriko Shiroma, Kohei Kitagawa
Production coordinatorYoshimi Toyoyama
Local co-operatorJooyoung Koh, Guiyu Mei, Jingyu Wang
In co-operation withKinosaki International Arts Center (Toyooka City) Penghao theatre Neulbom Eunpyeong center for Independent Living Beijing Qixinyun technology Co.,Ltd Free Theatre Alliace, Heart of Speakers-Autistic Children and teenagers fusion education consulting, Home of love care-Beijing Youan Hospital AIDS Ward, Saenal Dongdaemun Center for Independent Living, Seoul Center for Independent Living, Gwanak local for Independent Living Takanobu Goi (The Japan Foundation, Beijing) Asuka Inamori, Momo Takeuchi, Mika Tomomatsu (NPO Platz), Maki Hashimoto, Manami Maeda, Miwa Shigeta, Haruka Noda Jaejung Yi, Jiyoung Woo, Mari Ono, Jeenee Kim, Jungsik Jun, Chanho Park, Jeong Hyun Hiroshi Okuda, Yangyang Sun, Ailian Chen, Yiwei Dou, Yang Fu
Supported bythe Saison Foundation
Produced byTakuya Murakawa
Co-produced byKyoto Experiment, Kyoto Experiment staff
Production coordinatorYoshimi Toyoyama
Subtitle translationYumiko Deguchi
InternMariya Kawakami
Co-presented byKyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI
Presented byKyoto Experiment

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