What happens to a society in the wake of a disaster?
In response to the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, playwright Toshiki Okada began exploring the Japanese society in the wake of the disaster, and the validity of fiction in such a society.
Taking the post disaster social situation as its theme, Time`s Journey Through a Room is a meticolous scrutiny of the mental conflicts and arbitrary emotions of individuals preceding their social alienation.
The feelings that welled up in the people of Japan in the days after the disaster struck were not confined to grief and unease; there was also a sprinkling of hope that “things would get better” as a result.
Invisible mental anguish and pain are fused into a closely knit and multilayered relationship with the sound and space of the performance, designed by contemporary artist Tsuyoshi Hisakado. The finely tuned approaches in the respective media of words, body, sound and space come together on the stage, and wash over the audience in a wave. The work is nothing less than an interlude for each audience member to confront his or her own memories and experiences.
This is the very first time that the Japanese theatre company, chelfitsch visits Norway, and we are proud to host this exclusive Nordic premiere!
“Among the feelings that invaded me during the few days after the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima disaster, not only was there sadness, unease, and fear, there was also hope. Surely such an unprecedented event would prove the first step for us to rise up as a society and realise changes that would otherwise be too difficult to make. That’s how I felt at the time.
I wanted to portray the relationship between the living and the spirits who met their deaths in these circumstances while full of hope for the future. The lives of the dead have already completed their cycle and stabilised. We who continue to live envy them. We are tormented; we want to escape from there, forever trying to forget.”
– Toshiki Okada
In response to the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, the theatrical vision of renowned Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada shifted toward exploration of the validity of fiction. The shift led to the staging of “Current Location” (2012) and “Ground and Floor” (2013), which allegorically portrayed the sense of tension and isolation in Japanese society in the wake of the disaster.
While again taking the postdisaster social situation as its theme, “Time’s Journey Through a Room” is an extremely meticulous scrutiny of the mental conflicts and arbitrary emotions of individuals preceding their social alienation. It expands upon these observations to launch unprecedentedly new presentations derived from them on the stage.