Teppei Kaneuji

tower (THEATER)

Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya

A fusion of sculpture and theater, realized as a physical structure and multiple performances

Based in Kyoto, Teppei Kaneuji is a sculptor who exhibits internationally. He effortlessly transcends the conventional categories of visual art to collaborate proactively with a wide range of artists and specialists. He first participated in Kyoto Experiment in 2014, where he unveiled four performances with musicians and others at a venue featuring exhibits of his work.

For this year’s festival he will present a “live art” stage adaptation of his video work Tower and sculpture White Discharge. Raising a tower structure on stage that is both abstract and concrete, the work unfolds through a series of collaborative actions with various other artists. Partnering with actor Izumi Aoyagi, video artist Shimpei Yamada, playwright and director Toshiki Okada as well as a cast including the group contact Gonzo and a text by novelist Shin Fukunaga, Kaneuji’s stage tower will summon up an inventive fusion of sculpture and performance.

Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya
YEAR
2017
DATES
10.14(Sat)-10.15(Sun)
VENUE
South Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
CITY
Kyoto, Japan
CATEGORY

Teppei Kaneuji

Born (1978) and based in Kyoto, Teppei Kaneuji completed his postgraduate studies in sculpture at Kyoto City University of Arts in 2003, where he currently teaches. He creates collage-style artworks using everyday objects that he collects, consistently attempting to devise and transform figurative systems that manifest a relationship between material and image, as well as exploring new sculptural forms through a diverse range of media such as painting, video and photography. His solo exhibitions include “Teppei Kaneuji’s Zones” (Marugameshi Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, 2016) and “Towering Something” (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, 2013). He is also a prolific stage and book cover designer. He created the stage design for Toshiki Okada’s Impossible To Understand You, It’s Almost Like Electrical Devices (Owlspot Theater, 2011) and Wakatta-san’s Cookie (2015–16, Kanagawa Arts Theatre). In 2017, he created TOWER (theater), a stage adaptation of his video art as the art group Futari (“two people”). His solo exhibition “Cubed Liquid, Metallic Memory,” which included four performances, was held at Kyoto Experiment 2014.

DirectionTeppei Kaneuji and the Constructions
TextsShin Fukunaga, Toshiki Okada and others
CastIzumi Aoyagi, Takuya Harada, Teppei Sako, contact Gonzo, Masamitsu Araki, Kazumichi Komatsu (Madegg), Shinji Wada, OORUTAICHI, dot architects, Yusuke Nishimitsu, Nae Imai, Gaku Kurokawa, Hsu Chihyu, Ana Miyaki, Muku Kobayashi
Lecture textsOsamu Tsukihashi
Set designTeppei Kaneuji, dot architects
VideoShinpei Yamada
Sound designMasamitsu Araki, Kazumichi Komatsu(Madegg)
LightingNami Nakayama
CostumesKyoko Fujitani
Stage managerChikage Yuyama
Assistant stage managerKenichirou Matsumoto
SoundMasashi Doi (ROHM Theatre Kyoto)
Production managerTakashi Ogami
In co-operation withTotsukawa Forestry Cooperative, Kyoto City University of Arts, Yumina Kato
Special Thanks toHisako Kohara, Lu Wei Ni, Miki Murakami, Ayumi Kawase, Sae Fujita, Koharu Nezu
Produced byTeppei Kaneuji
Co-produced byKyoto Experiment, Kyoto Experiment staff
Production coordinatorKanon Matsumoto(ROHM Theatre Kyoto), Nagara Wada
Surtitle translationAya Ogawa
Surtitle operatorKyoka Arisawa
InternAyae Nakatani, Hikari Yamano
Presented byKyoto Experiment

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