5th International Monodrama Festival THESPIS
10 to 17 November 2006 Kiel GERMANY

Saturday, November 11 | 19:00 | Schauspielhaus (Studio)

written and performed by Nozomi Satomi (Japan)

musical accompaniment by Joji Takahashi

For many years already, Nozomi Satomi has been one of most exceptional talents in Japanese theatre landscape. Her performances have their background in pantomime and the Japanese Noh and Kyogen* theatre tradition, but she has developed her own and unique style and a way of expression. Her shows are usually not in any particular language; she makes use of her body and voice and some quite unusual props. In the capable hands of Joji Takahashi, the accompanying musician, even stones turn to musical instruments.

The show consists of three pieces: ”Who am I?”, ”Island my land” and ”Looking for”. They are all touching upon the most classical themes of all theatre performances: searching one's identity and territory, wish to communicate, reaching out to connect with others and crossing the borders. It's worthwhile to watch Nozomi's amazing way of expression and see them all translated into her unusual theatre language that makes a paper bag and a piece of string turn alive.

* In contrast with the masked noh drama, where music and dance form the basis of the performance kyogen is primarily a theatre of speech and mime. While much of noh is about transcendence of the ordinary and evoking memories, kyogen deals with everyday life and is set in the here and timeless now.

Length: 60 minutes

In co-operation with kunst_ohne_grenzen. Kindly supported by EU-Japan-Fest

German premiere