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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.

 

 

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Photo by Harumi Tamai
 

2012-2013  
 
2012.7.24 / 9.1-2 / 10.8, 2013.1.1-2 / 5.5-11 Cafe Montage
 
 
Text
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Transration Kiyoshi Jinzai
Direction Motoi Miura
Cast
Satoko Abe
Dai Ishida
Koji Ogawara
Shie Kubota
Saki Kohno
Yohei Kobayashi
Staff
Producution Co-ordinator: Yuna Tajima
Presented by Cafe Montage, CHITEN LLC.