CAPTURING A WHITE BIRD. THAT IS ALL THE SAME AS CAPTURING THE BLUE SKY
© Naoaki Yamamoto
This work is based on the novel "The Woman in the Dunes" ("Die Frau in den Dünen" in German) written by Japanese writer Kobo Abe.
A man went to a village in a dune to collect insects and was held captive there. As the village was at the bottom of a sand pit, residents need to shovel off the sand almost all day long to maintain their living place safe. The man was held captive in the sand pit and was tasked with shoveling sand for houses and a woman there. He struggled to escape in many ways. He failed whenever he attempted but gradually he got used to living in the house in the sand pit. And he came to find hope in the Sisyphean task.
A man who had taken a trip to be free was confined to the sand pit and came to live there, work to maintain there and live for the sand pit. Kobo Abe, the writer, said ironically that "every work was only sand shoveling and that people could find hope in the totally fruitless labour."
The village in the dunes in here is a metaphor for another phase of a city. The author expressed the deserter's pain and pent-up emotions.
Freedom of transfer. Freedom of not transfer. A round-trip ticket. Social restriction under the name of freedom.
Utopia at the World's End.
We find these keywords from this story.
For example, the European Union - a kind of Utopia − is really the "Utopia" for immigrants?
How can we analyse "The Woman in the Dunes" from the view points of both the EU and non-EU residents?
On the occasion of the opening at the theatre, we produce a performance in the presence of an audience and showing twice as a work in progress.
The work will be changed furthermore by the feedback from participants.
Hikaru Inagawa und Maco | 4RUDE
Saturday November 14th | 8pm
Saturday December 5th | 8pm
Die Veranstaltung ist -fähig!
- 14 November 2015 20:00
- 05 December 2015 20:00
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