2015-08-30 @ 20:00
2015-09-01 @ 14:30 & 19:30
2015-09-04 @ 14:30
2015-09-06 @ 19:30
Venue: Miculture Foundation, Taipei ::CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS::
Cost: 300 NTD
Tickets: ::CLICK HERE:: OR visit the Fringe Ticket Booth ::HERE:: OR check out the Fringe Club ::HERE:: OR buy your tickets onsite at the Miculture Foundation when you arrive (limited supply, so buy online if you can)
After performing in Yokohama and Kawasaki in 2014, and 2015, respectively, the co-creators are planning to perform the show again in a converted temple in Taipei. YTG’s production manager Clare and summer intern Julian will be the support staff on this tour, making this the largest and most ambitious tour for YTG in decades. If you’re reading this from outside of Taiwan and you want to support the tour, we encourage you to visit http://sponsor.ytg.jp and donate!
So what is Kikai-ga-shima about?
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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?
Kikai-ga-shima is a play about telling stories in the theatre. What is it about being in a theatre that allows an audience to pretend that the story they’re being shown is real? When we watch a play, we suspend our disbelief, but we know in the backs of our minds that some things are more real than others. The actors are real, for instance, but the characters are not. But are the performers really any more real than the characters they portray, and how do we decide that, really?
If this all sounds like the show is stuck way too far up its own fundament(als), please be advised that the show also contains jokes.
This play was originally performed for a Theatre festival put on at Yokohama International School under the auspices of the International School Theater Association on November 1, 2014. That festival was limited only to festival participants, so the show was remounted on May 30 and 31 at the World Peace Theatre in Kawasaki.