Niwa Gekidan Penino

Avidya - The Dark Inn

Tokio, Japan

Dutch premiere

Shinsuke Sugino

Niwa Gekidan Penino

Avidya - The Dark Inn

Tokio, Japan

Dutch premiere

Shinsuke Sugino

Niwa Gekidan Penino | Avidya - The Dark Inn

A dark fairy tale at a Japanese spring

Deep in the Japanese mountains is a small inn set beside a hot spring. It will not remain there for long though, since the building must make way for a brand-new railway line. When winter begins, two unknown puppeteers arrive at the inn, where they meet the local inhabitants who also use the hot spring. This meeting will strike the locals to their core, confronting them as it does with their deepest fears and utter delusion. According to Buddhist thought, self-deception or delusion (Avidya) is one of the twelve causes of human suffering, but who has never deluded themselves? The Japanese group Niwa Gekidan Penino – also hosted by Noorderzon in 2010 with the unforgettable masterpiece Frustrating Picture Book for Adults – has taken this notion as catalyst for its dark fairy tale staged in a gigantic revolving set.

 

Trailer | Niwa Gekidan Penino | Avidya - The Dark Inn

Credits

Playwright and director | Kuro Tanino
Performers| Mame Yamada, Takahiko Tsuji, Ichigo Iida, Bobumi Hidaka, Atsuko Kubo, Kayo Ishikawa and Hayato Mori
Dramaturgy | Junichiro Tamaki, Yukiko Yamaguchi and Mario Yoshino
Stage design | Kuro Tanino and Michiko Inada
Stage technology | Isao Kubo
Assistant directors | Yasuhiro Kato, Emi Tsumura and Yui Matsumoto
Lighting design | Masayuki Abe
Lighting design assistant | Miho Akutsu
Sound design | Koji Sato and Yoshihiro Nakamura
Chinese violin teacher | Rosyu Kawase
Narrator | Ritsuko Tamura
Company Manager | Chika Onozuka
Tour Manager | Miwa Monden

With the support of | The Saison Foundation, ARTS COUNCIL TOKYO and Japan Foundation


 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

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