Esplanade Presents | Super Japan – Japanese Festival of Arts



Shigeki Nakano & Chong Tze Chien (Japan / Singapore)
14 & 15 May 2016
Sat & Sun
14 May, Sat: 3pm & 8pm
15 May, Sun: 3pm
14 & 15 May 2016 : 3pm
14 May 2016 : 8pm
2hrs 20mins (including a 20min intermission)
Esplanade Recital Studio
Performed in English & Japanese with English surtitles
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Two of the most exciting directors from Japan and Singapore, Shigeki Nakano and Chong Tze Chien, inject their bold and invigorating interpretations of the modern noh (a form of theatre orginating in the 14th century) classic, The Damask Drum, by Yukio Mishima.

Regarded as the father of modern noh drama, Mishima’s adaptation from the original tale by 14th century playwright Zeami Motokiyo, centres around an old man's infatuation with a beautiful neighbour. This results in his suicide when the latter and her associates play a nasty trick on him, making him perform an impossible task in exchange for a kiss.

Presented as a double bill, each director brings his own perspective and group of actors into this dark piece about obsession, cruelty, and the weight of our actions, which can sometimes return to haunt us.

Find out more about the passion and purpose of Mishima, and other "mad men" behind this production. Read on for The A to Zeami of Drums

Nakano Shigeki

Known for his technique of “free interpretation – re-translation” of rebuilding Western theatre pieces from the early modern to modern periods through the lens of Japanese culture and intuition, company director of Nakano Shigeki + Frankens, Nakano-san’s main works include Waiting for something (Asian Performing Arts Festival, World Theatre Festival Shizuoka under Mt. Fuji), Yotsuya Zotanshu + Yotsuya Kaidan (Tokyo), and NakaFura Theatre Exhibition 1.2.

Chong Tze Chien

“One of the most critically lauded and garlanded thespians of his generation” (theatre academic Dr K K Seet), Tze Chien is known for his bold and incisive social and political commentary, as well as for his innovative and multiple narrative dramatic structures. The Young Artist Award winner’s debut piece as a playwright, Pan Island Expressway (PIE), won him the Singapore Dramatist Award in 1998.

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