ICHIHARA Satoko (Q)
The Bacchae−Holstein Milk Cows

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Ichihara Satoko writes and directs plays that deal with human behavior, the physiology of the body, and the unease surrounding these themes, using her unique sense of language and physical sensitivity. Her new work for Aichi Triennale 2019 is a fantasy that liberally interprets the themes and structure from the Greek tragedy The Bacchae (Euripides).

A seemingly ordinary housewife, her female pet dog, and a cow-human cross-breed born through artificial insemination, and a chorus of the souls of 12 female Holstein cows—the drama they act out blurs the boundary between people and animals, and stimulates our hidden desires in a tactile fashion. Here, the patriarchal, anthropocentric narrative of sexuality and reproductive behavior, and their associated ethics and morals are radically called into question.

Nukata Masashi, of Tokyo Shiokouji and Nuthmique, will be responsible for music, and contemporary artist Okada Hiroko for set design. This piece has also been chosen for an official invitation to the World Theater Festival (held every three years) in Germany in 2020. The world is paying attention to the unusual musical theater produced by these modern Dionysian artists.

Dates
Fri, Oct 11, 19:00
Sat, Oct 12, 19:00
Sun, Oct 13, 19:00
Mon, Oct 14, 14:00
Duration
120 min (TBC)
Language
Japanese (with English surtitles)
International Co-production
Theater der Welt 2020
Support
The Saison Foundation
Production Co-operation
Kinosaki International Arts Center (Toyooka city)
Venue
Mini Theater, Aichi Prefectural Art Theater
Access
3 min. on foot from Sakae station (Higashiyama line or Meijo line)
Ticket prices
Adults ¥3,000
U25 ¥2,500
Note
No children under school age are permitted.
Childcare Services
Available for all programs. Details will be announced in July.

ICHIHARA Satoko (Q)

  • Born 1988 in Osaka, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan
  • Photo: Mizuki Sato

Ichihara Satoko has led the theater company Q since 2011. She writes and directs plays that deal with human behavior, the physiology of the body, and the unease surrounding these themes, using her unique sense of language and physical sensitivity. In one of her works, themes such as sex, cross mating and breeding are clinically portrayed through the viewpoint of women; the audience is showered with physically stimulating, verbal rampages and the actors execute their lines using their entire bodies—at times in the manner of caricature, at times in the manner of confession. Here, the patriarchal, anthropocentric narrative of sexuality and reproductive behavior is invalidated, and even the ethics and morals of the social majority are radically called into question.

Selected Works & Awards

2018
Me and Sailor Moon’s Subway Trip (South Korea/Hongkong/Japan co-production), Namsan Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea
2018
Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, The Question of Faeries, KYOTO EXPERIMENT, Kyoto, Japan
2017
Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, the Seoul Marginal Theater Festival, Seoul, South Korea
2017
Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, nominated as the finalist for the 61st Kishida Prize for Drama, Kunio Playwriting Prize, Tokyo, Japan

2013
Qlobe of Life II, Festival/Tokyo Emerging Artists Program, Tokyo, Japan
2011
Insects, 11th Aichi Arts Foundation Drama Award, Aichi, Japan, Drama Award