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Satoko Ichihara / Q

Favonia’s Fruitless Fable / The Question of Faeries

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A double bill of major plays by a playwright who examines contemporary city life

This is a double bill of two of Satoko Ichihara’s major plays: Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, which was shortlisted for the 61st Kishida Kunio Drama Award and was Ichihara’s first work to be performed overseas, and The Question of Faeries, which deals with the shocking massacre at a Japanese care home for the disabled in 2016. Director and playwright Ichihara has recently turned her hand to writing novels and continues to expand her activities and ambitions. The majority of her plays take the form of monologues that brim with animalistic desires and sexual metaphors—a raw touch that at times stirs a physiological aversion in the audience.

In Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, a female office worker who wants genuine leather shoes instead of fake leather ones encounters a series of strange characters wandering around an alley. In The Question of Faeries, the three parts each related in a different style (rakugo storytelling, music, and a seminar) are performed almost like a monodrama by the France-based actor Kyoko Takenaka.

Ichihara is tenacious in her examination of the contemporary human condition, whereby we live our lives in the city buffeted by consumption and our psychological complexes stimulated by the torrent of information. Through the energetic bodies of the actors, her potent gaze drags onstage the social frictions we deal with on an everyday basis, highlighting what is often relegated to invisible areas of life.

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Satoko Ichihara / Q, Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, The Question of Faeries, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, The Question of Faeries, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, The Question of Faeries, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, The Question of Faeries, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, The Question of Faeries, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, The Question of Faeries, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, The Question of Faeries, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, The Question of Faeries, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, The Question of Faeries, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani. Satoko Ichihara / Q, Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, 2018, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Kai Maetani.
YEAR
2018
DATES
10.25(Thu)-10.28(Sun)
VENUE
Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center
DURATION
Favonia’s Fruitless Fable 85min.
The Question of Faeries 110min.
CITY
Tokyo, Japan
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Satoko Ichihara

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Playwright, director, and novelist Satoko Ichihara was born in 1988 and studied theater at J. F. Oberlin University. She launched Q in 2011. She uses monologue to relate from a female perspective the vitality of humanity that shines in a world of confusion as well as the absurdity of life. Stressing the physicality of actors, her work is characterized by its emphasis on linguistic expression and rhythm. Her plays capture and reconstruct human actions as if observing animals, seeming to directly shower the audience in the vigor and power of life. In 2011, her play Insects won the 11th AAF Playwriting Prize. In 2016, she published her novel Insects in the literary journal Subaru. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the 61st Kishida Kunio Drama Award for Favonia’s Fruitless Fable. It was subsequently performed at the Seoul Marginal Theatre Festival. She is a Junior Fellow of The Saison Foundation.

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Written and directed bySatoko Ichihara
Set designTomomi Nakamura
LightingReiko Kawashima
Music ComposerMasashi Nukata (Tokyo Shiokoji / Nuthmique)
Stage managerChinatsu Iwaya
Company managerYoshiki Masuda
DramaturgeMasahiko Yokobori
[Favonia’s Fruitless Fable]
PerformersKimio Taketani, Yurie Nagayama
Lighting designRyoya Fudetani
VideoSumire Mori
[The Question of Faeries]
PerformersKyoko Takenaka, Takako Yamamura, Mayo Hyodo
Piano playerRyo Sugimoto
Supported byJapan Arts Fund (Favonia’s Fruitless Fable), The Saison Foundation
Presented byQ (Favonia’s Fruitless Fable), Kyoto Experiment

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