Times Journey Through a Room
chelfitsch / 部屋に流れる時間の旅
Presented by Arts House and Arts Centre Melbourne as part of Asia TOPA
7.30pm, Thu 9 Feb
7.30pm, Fri 10 Feb
7.30pm, Sat 11 Feb
5pm, Sun 12 Feb
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
In the ruptures and fissures of a disaster, hope springs eternal.
Confined to a room, the ghost of a woman, her surviving husband and his new partner are attempting to cope with the devastating effects of the 2011 earthquake in Japan. The ghost, suspended in the days immediately following the disaster, embodies the fleeting feeling of euphoria post-Fukushima as dreams of a better future take hold. Her husband and his lover, facing the reality of life six years on, are haunted by grief, and the excruciating loss of hope and unrealised transformation.
Founded in 1997, chelfitsch is led by writerdirector Toshiki Okada, widely regarded as one of Japan’s most significant contemporary theatre makers and innovators.
In Time’s Journey Through a Room, Okada’s meticulous, unflinching eye for detail, idiosyncratic choreography, hyper-colloquial Japanese and inventive soundscapes are beautifully melded to reveal the innumerable, tiny fractures buried in the shockwaves of grief, creating a mesmerising and poetic portrait of mental anguish.
Written & Directed by:
Sound & Set Design:
Izumi Aoyagi, Mari Ando, Yo Yoshida
Tomomi Ohira (ASG)
Kyoko Fujitani (FAIFAI)
English Translation by:
Akane Nakamura, Tamiko Ouki (precog)
Mai Hyodo (precog)
Supported by – Time’s Journey Through a Room is produced by chelfitsch; associated production by precog. It has been co-produced by: Kyoto Experiment/ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, FFT Düsseldorf, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, and the SPRING Performing Arts Festival Utrecht. chelfitsch is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan (2016) with the cooperation of Nishi- Sugamo Arts Factory, Suitengu Pit and the Kyoto Art Center Artist in Studio Program. Time’s Journey Through A Room is supported by the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne.n.
Image by – Bryony Jackson