Toshiki Okada / Chelfitsch / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Toshiki Okada / Chelfitsch

Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner and the Farewell Speech

10 - 13 November 2011
Upper Stage
70min (no intermission)
The rising star Toshiki Okada describes the ever-greater pressure on the global labour market and the emptiness of everyday communication.
18 € | Concs 10 €
With his focus firmly on the conditions of labour in contemporary Japan and on the emptiness of everyday communication, the rising star of the international stage Toshiki Okada describes the ever-greater pressure on the global labour market. In a discourse which combines the trenchant with the poetic, he singles out the fate of the generation which faces the threat of unemployment and the uncertainty of seasonal work as it enters the job market. The young writer and director from Yokohama employs three everyday stories and a masterfully structured choreography inspired by the improvisations of the American jazz saxophonist, John Coltrane, to showcase the angst, fear and loneliness of a society on the very brink of collapse in the East just as much as in the West.


Written and Directed by: Toshiki Okada
Stage Manager: Masaya Natsume
Sound Director: Norimasa Ushikawa
Lighting Director: Tomomi Ohira
Performers: Taichi Yamagata, Mari Ando, Saho Ito, Kei Namba, Riki Takeda, Fumie Yokoo

World premiere: 2009, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
Production: chelfitsch
Co-production: Hebbel am Ufer

Translation into Greek: Panayiotis Evagelidis
Simultaneous surtitling: Yannis Papadakis

12 Nov 2011

11:00 Dance Room
10 €


Looking to the relationship between words and movements Workshop with Toshiki Okada

11 Nov 2011

22:30 Upper Stage


After-performance talk with Toshiki Okada