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The First World War made mass carnage possible with the invention of the tank and the machine gun. Fatzer is one of a group of soldiers who desert from their trench and are hiding out in a basement. There they wait for a revolution that will end the war. But as they wait, their solidarity disintegrates and dies. Brecht’s play is a tale of despair but nonetheless has his trademark humor.

Chiten presented the premiere in Japan of this unfinished work by Brecht. The original “fragment” is a long 500 pages of verse and notes, and Chiten’s staging utilized the version edited by Heiner Müller, Downfall of the Egoist Johann Fatzer, as well as elements unused in the Müller text. The “rock” production was created with the band kukangendai, featuring cacophonous electronic music with resonating gunshots and dying screams that intermix with the actors’ voices to weave a dynamic yet tense atmosphere. Since its premiere in 2013 it has been widely recognized as one of Chiten’s most innovative works and found a popular following among younger audiences. In 2015 it tours to China and Germany.




Photo by Hisaki Matsumoto



2013.10.26-11.24 UNDER-THROW
2014.1.30-2.3 / 3.26-30 / 4.5-6 / 9.6-7 UNDER-THROW
2014.10.13-14  Gogol Centre ( Moscow/ Russia )
  2015.1.10-13/5.23-24/6.12-15 UNDER-THROW
2015.6.5-6  PENGHAO THEATRE (Beijin/ China)
Text Bertolt Brecht
Transration Masayuki Tsuzaki
Direction Motoi Miura
Cast Satoko Abe
Dai Ishida
Koji Ogawara
Shie Kubota
Saki Kohno
Yohei Kobayashi
Music kukangendai
Staff Stage Design: Itaru Sugiyama + Karasuya
Lighting: Yasuhiro Fujiwara
Sound: Toshihiro Dooka
Costume: Kyoko Domoto
Stage Manager: Nobuaki Oshika
Producution Co-ordinator: Aya Komori, Yuna Tajima
Presented by Chiten LLC.