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Overview Since its premiere in 2005, Chiten has staged this version of The Seagull in a variety of spaces, from an outdoor theatre to an opera house, a tearoom, and a cafe. The original play includes many dramatic elements, including a play-within-a-play, an opulent salon, failed romance, and a youthful suicide. But Chiten liberates the play from its conventional setting and turns any location into the “theatre” for the performance. The final version was staged at UNDER-THROW, Chiten’s Kyoto performance space, where a special “tea service” was offered in which audiences were served while speaking dialogue from the play. Bringing the period of the drama’s setting to life for contemporary audiences, the conceit also emphasized the fictional nature of theatre and presented the live actors as part of a documentary.

 

 

 

Photo by Ayako Abe

 

2011  
 
2011.9.28-10.10 Kyoto Art Center Meirin
2011.10.13-16 ART COMPLEX1928
 
Text Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Transration Kiyoshi Jinzai
Direction Motoi Miura
Cast
Satoko Abe
Dai Ishida
Shie Kubota
Saki Kohno
Yohei Kobayashi
Staff
Stage Design: Itaru Sugiyama + Karasuya
Special equipment Design: Takeshi Ishiguro
Sound: Toshihiro Dooka
Lighting: Yasukazu Miyajima
Costume: Kyoko Domoto
Technical Coordinator: Hideya Seki (RYU)
Advertising Design: Yujiro Sagami
Producution Co-ordinator: Yuna Tajima
Presented by CHITEN LLC.
Produced by CHITEN LLC.
Co-Produced by  KYOTO EXPERIMENT
Co-Presented by KYOTO EXPERIMENT