Adapted from the book by Ursula K. Le Guin
Directed by Magda Szpecht Text and Dramaturge: Łukasz Wojtysko Dramaturge: Ken Takiguchi
A transnational, interdisciplinary theatre experience of a future utopia
One of the emerging talents in Polish theatre, Magda Szpecht works with a team of Japanese and Polish collaborators to create a utopia onstage. The performance is inspired by “Always Coming Home,” Ursula K. Le Guin’s highly original science fiction novel that consists of ethnographic records of poetry, plays, songs, customs, and maps supposedly created in the distant future. It depicts a culture that has abandoned technological progress and maintains a spiritual bond with nature. Szpecht’s bold adaptation has developed out of a transnational research process involving a unique collaboration of artists from the two countries, including dramaturges, actors, and dancers as well as a choreographer, composer, set designer, and video artist. The resulting performance presents a multimedia landscape shaped by videos and audio recordings of Japanese and Polish nature, choreography, music, and anthropological insights.
|Name||Always Coming Home (working title)
Inspired by the book “Always Coming Home” by Ursula K. Le Guin
11/8 (Fri) 19:00
|Venue||Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Theatre East)|
|Running Time||90 min. (TBC)|
|Language||Performed in Japanese and English|
|High School Students & Younger||¥1,000*|
|Festival Pass (3 Performances)||¥3,000|
*For both advance and same-day tickets. Proof of age required.
Born in Poland in 1990, Magda Szpecht studied journalism and social communication at the University of Wroclaw and drama directing at Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków. Her work is highly varied and interdisciplinary, encompassing elements of film, documentary, visual arts, dance, and more. Her major productions to date include “DOLPHIN_WHO_ LOVED_ME”(2014), “Schubert. A Romantic Composition on Twelve Actors and a String Quartet” (2016), and“Things We Didn’t Throw Out” (2019).
|Directed by||Magda Szpecht|
Based on the book by Ursula K. Le Guin
|Text and Dramaturge:||Łukasz Wojtysko|
|Assistant Dramaturges:||Chisato Sone, Kenyu Paku|
Ayako Araki, Miho Inatsugu, Nana Suzuki, Monika Frajczyk, Mateusz Górski, Paweł Smagała
|Stage Design, Lighting, Costumes:||Michał Korchowiec|
|Production Coordinators:||Wakana Arai (Festival/Tokyo), Katarzyna Białach|
|Technical Manager:||Eiji Torakawa|
|Assistant Technical Manager:||Nahoko Yokokawa|
|Stage Manager:||Keisuke Watanabe|
|Stage Assistants:||Yui Kato, Chikage Yuyama, Kohei Ogawa|
|Design Coordinator:||Tomomi Nakamura|
|Lighting Coordinator:||Naoki Kinoshita (Factor Co., Ltd.)|
|Sound Coordinator:||Akira Aikawa (Sound Weeds Inc.)|
|Video Coordinator:||Mucho Muramatsu|
|Costume Coordinator:||Sakura Fujibayashi|
|Publicity Design:||Mina Tabei|
|Main Visual Design:||Grzegorz Laszuk|
|Special cooperation from||the Polish Institute in Tokyo|
|Endorsed by||the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tokyo
An associated program in the 100th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Poland and Japan in 2019
“Always Coming Home” by Ursula K. Le Guin
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