mutlimedia performance based on the history of "SONY"
premiered in 2004, Bonn Biennale
Premiere: Wednesday July 4th, 2012, at 19:30
Additional shows: July 5th at 15:00 and 19:30
at 15:00 and 19:30
at 15:00 and 19:30
Aoyama Round Theatre
(Akio Morita) :Jun Kim
Performer (Masaru Ibuka): Alexander Schoeder
Dance / Choreography: Kazue Ikeda
Dance: Yuko Sato (2012 version)
Artistic Director, Idea: Hiroko Tanahashi
Performance Director: Max Schumacher
Dramaturgy Andreas: Horbelt
Music / Sound: Sibin Vassilev
Video Design: Hiroko Tanahashi, Yoann Trellu
Video Operator: Esther Schelander
Programming: Yoann Trellu
Japanese Translation: Mika Eglinton
Stage Design: Matthias Boettger
Photography: Alice Schauhoff
Graphic Design: Hiroko Tanahashi
Costume Design: Naoki Kouetsu
Production Matthias: Boettger
Assistant Director: Simone Bennett
Universal Assistant: Laura Frings
2009 Japan Society, New York
2006 Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore
2005 Museum for Communication / Sophiensaele, Berlin
2005 Bonn Biennale, Bonn
Bonn Biennale, Bonn
the end of their lives, two old friends meet and look back. After
the war, they founded a small enterprise in a burned ruin in the
devastated city of Tokyo. They dreamt of becoming the leading company
in consumer electronics. They wanted to help reconstructing Japan
and strengthen its pride and dignity, and they even planned to conquer
the American market once.
gHeavenly Bentoh tells the (almost true) story of two men and
their creation. It is a story of friendship and power, genius and
insanity, identity and assimilation, control and its loss. In the
end there will be a kind of dinner. The audience is invited to enjoy
an abstract bento box full of pictures and remembrances, anecdotes
and stories, victories and defeats. A bento box full of life.
Selected Press Responses
" That is very amusing, because of the
ritualized politeness, and because of the minimalist stage arrangement
that is juxtaposed with a cool stream of video images, that floats
around the feet of the performers.
The story itself is also interesting, ....
...highly convincing in terms of form....the sushi principle: rice
and fish are arranged beautifully.
The international artist collective (Japan, Netherlands, Germany,
Bulgaria) undoubtedly has to be praised for their experiment between
theater and electronic worlds...."
Tom Mustroph in Neues Deutschland, Berlin, August 20th,
"Directors Hiroko Tanahashi and Max Schumacher create a
multimedia performance style appropriate to the narrative of two
pioneers of Japanese electronics.
...the technology used to present the piece fuses with the narrative...
... following from this larger metaphor, food is a literal element
of the performance, but served up as such a clever surprise, it
would be a pity to be a spoiler. There was some funky media interplay,
images flashing on unexpectedly or things popping out of the set.
... was the personalities of the two actors. With warmth and subtle
humour, they brought to life the two Japanese protagonists, their
idiosyncrasies and vision,...
... humanism in any shape or form is a reassuring discovery."
Parvathi Nayar, Business Times Asia, SingaporeJune 17th,
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