Saturday, May 30 @ 14:00 & 19:00
Sunday, May 31 @ 15:00
Venue: World Peace Theatre ::CLICK HERE:: for map.
Language: English, with Japanese subtitles
“That's truly what we couldn't bear. Our own irrelevance… Until we realized we were telling the story. And that changes everything.”
In 12th century Japan three men are exiled from the capital to Kikaigashima - the Island of Demons. There, to stave off despair and isolation, and to appease the spirits, they begin to tell stories; stories of their own lives, parables they remember from childhood, and even predictions of how life will be.
Meanwhile, in 21st century Japan, two men are telling their own story - the story of the exiles on Kikaigashima. They are looking back through history and legend. Their sources: Noh theatre, kabuki plays, and the Heike Monogatari.
But as the narrative unfolds and the two stories begin to weave together, the roles and boundaries begin to blur-- are we spinning a yarn or recounting history? Are they telling tales or seeing into the future?
Co-written and performed by Graig Russell and Andrew Woolner, Kikai-ga-shima is a piece that playfully pulls apart its own narrative and leaves performers and audience alike asking: who’s telling this story, anyway?