By Toshiki Okada
Director: Toshiki Okada
In his trilogy “Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner and The Farewell Speech” the Japanese stage director and author Toshiki Okada examines the contemporary Japanese world of work. In recent years the Japanese government has tried to resuscitate the country’s stagnating economic development by means of privatization and to fight unemployment which had increased for the first time in the history of the nation. So far without any lasting success. Okada faces the economic and political reality by showing the people who reside behind the statistics in an amiable and humorous manner: The contract workers who are at risk of losing their jobs are preoccupied with the location for the farewell party of their fired colleague (and possibly their own). The regular staff members use the break in their work for erotic advances under the guise of discussing the temperature of the air conditioning. The fired colleague herself profusely expresses her gratitude for her recently-ended employment. Nobody openly expresses what they are thinking, but it becomes obvious nevertheless. Especially in the choreographically analyzed body language of the speakers. Toshiki Okada is one of the most important contemporary artists in Japan. He originally created this production with which he toured the entire world with his “chelfitch” company in 2009. His first work as stage director in Europe presents an adaptation with the ensemble of the Kammerspiele.
“Hot Pepper, Air Conditoner and the Farewell Speech” - translated into german by Adreas Regelsberger.