Planning and production of a theatrical work as part of the official program for Kyoto Experiment 2019

“Eraser Mountain” by chelfitsch

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  • type of event|Performances
  • type of precog business|Accessibility & barrier-free arrangements, Production of events & performances, Publicity & PR, Education diffusion
  • field of expression|Video, Theater, Art
  • year of holding|2019

Outline of projects

Apprehending “environment” through a new relationship between people and objects. What is the theatre that is not directed to the audience? Is it possible to create theater not only for the people watching at one moment in time? Can we use theater to present a world in which people and objects are completely equal, rather than trapped in their usual subservient relationship?Devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture is now undergoing immense reconstruction to elevate the area as a countermeasure against future tsunami waves and restore the lifestyles that the residents lost. However, the use of local rocks to raise the land more than ten meters (33 feet) higher than it was before has led to severe damage on surrounding mountains. Visiting the area in 2017 and witnessing the landscape that had been so rapidly and artificially changed, Toshiki Okada started to conceive a new work in which he would raise doubts about the so-called criteria or measures that humans use. As his collaborator, Okada welcomes Teppei Kaneuji, the artist who has expanded the possibilities of his practice by voraciously incorporating theatrical perspectives into his main methodology of collage. The resulting work also integrates the “EIZO Theater” that chelfitsch has developed since last year, attempting to take yet another approach to language and the body of the actors. What is the landscape that emerges when we deviate from anthropocentrism?

Date: 5th Oct – 6th Oct 2019
Venue: South Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
Official Website: https://chelfitsch.net/en/works/eraser-mountain/

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Playwright/Director: Toshiki Okada
Scenography: Teppei Kaneuji
Cast: Izumi Aoyagi, Mari Ando, Yuri Itabashi, Takuya Harada, Makoto Yazawa, Yo Yoshida, Leon Kou Yonekawa
Costume: Kyoko Fujitani (FAIFAI)
Lighting Director: Masayoshi Takada (RYU)
Sound Director: Raku Nakahara (LUFTZUG)
Video Designer: Shimpei Yamada
Technical Director: Koro Suzuki
Stage Manager: Chikage Yuyama
Assistant Director: Nagara Wada
Producer: Tamiko Ouki (precog)
Associate Producer: Miyuki Tanaka
Publicity Design: Shota Yamauchi
Flyer Design: Yusuke Akai(paragram)
Web Design: Yosuke Hayashi(HAUS)
English Translation: Aya Ogawa

Production: chelfitsch 
Co-produced by:
[Eraser Mountain] Kyoto Experiment, Wiener Festwochen, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt
[Eraser Forest] 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Planning & Production Management: precog co.,LTD.
In co-operation with: CONNELING STUDY/YAMABUKI FACTORY, Steep Slope Studio, Kyoto City University of Arts
Kyoto Art Center Artists-in-Studios program

This project consists of two versions, “Eraser Mountain” (premiere: October 2019 / KYOTO EXPERIMENT) and “Eraser Forest” (premiere: February 2020 / 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa).
[Eraser Mountain]
Presented by Kyoto Experiment