The next premiere:
by Toshiki Okada
Director: Toshiki Okada
In his second work at the Münchner Kammerspiele, Toshiki Okada, one of the most important directors in Asia, connects with one of the most traditional forms of theatre in Japan, Nō theatre. Nō becomes a setting for Okada’s poetic-musical writing and stage practice. He uses this traditional form of theatre to tell stories of modern Japan, a present-day that is more influenced by depression than hope. Put another way, “Nō Theater” is a story told by the ghosts of the past who are still affecting the present. They are the ghosts of the euphoric 1980s’ “bubble economy”, which made people blind to their responsibility for generations to come. They are the ghosts of women disregarded by a male-dominated society and the family politics it was responsible for, women who were creators of a possible future. These are the kind of family politics that have made women’s empowerment as difficult as possible, in denial of the fact that “women’s issues” in an aging society are not only issues that concern women but ones that affect everyone. To put it dramatically, “Nō Theater” tells of a society’s impending suicide – in the hope that it might turn out differently.
The Japanese director and author Toshiki Okada writes plays about a Japan that is shaped by the influences of global capitalism. Bridging tradition and modernity, he unites ordinary situations with a choreographic form that makes the present appear strange. With the actors of the Münchner Kammerspiele he now seeks to adapt the most original form of Japanese theatre: Nō. He will use the classic structure of the Nō theatre and apply it to contemporary Japan. Which unredeemed ghosts are still waiting for their deaths? This is Toshiki Okada’s first production of a new work in Germany.
Translated into German by Andreas Regelsberger.
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8 performances in 3 days / March 10 – 12
Matthias Lilienthal’s directorship has marked a continued broadening of the Kammerspiele programme consistent with the theatre’s tradition: in thematic terms, by taking up socio-political topics of a cosmopolitan society, and in aesthetic terms, by the coexistence of highly diverse expressions of artistic communication and representation.
In this way, a concert by the Syrian musician Omar Souleyman stands alongside the musical theatre “Mittelreich” by Mahler/Bierbichler or the urban intervention “ShabbyShabby Apartments”; the premiere of “Wut” by Jelinek/Stemann alongside Shakespeare/Rüping’s “Hamlet”; and the productions of independent groups or the Welcome Café alongside the artificial creations of Philippe Quesne, Toshiki Okada and Yael Ronen’s political comedies. On stage, performers like Damian Rebgetz, the singer-actress Jelena Kuljić and actress Annette Paulmann work side by side and cast doubt on the relevance of any type of categorisation. Over time, every visitor to the Kammerspiele will have had his or her own experience of this coexistence of diverse theatre forms. The “Showcase Kammerspiele” once again consolidates a sample from the programme and in doing so, offers a range of styles in one weekend. This includes the opportunity to enter an audience discussion with the theatre-makers about acting, expression and ways of life.
Thirty students from all over Europe will be guests at the showcase and will immerse themselves into the world of the Kammerspiele for a whole weekend. 8 performances in 3 days, along with talks, workshops and parties. Who needs sleep?
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