Thursday, September 11, 2008

KIOSK @ The Japan Society

I just spent the morning/afternoon helping to build the set for a piece by the ARICA Performance Company entitled KIOSK.

Known for its Beckettian absurdity and stark aesthetic, ARICA Performance Company presents its critically acclaimed KIOSK. In this highly conceptual and visually arresting one-woman show, the narrative follows a day in the life of a woman working in a humble train station kiosk. Perched in her rolling chair, the woman sells newspapers and water. This simple premise is explored through fierce, physical repetition and live electronic music that unfolds the complex layers of the human body's relation to labor in this surreal landscape. ARICA Performance Company is a collective of artists from a variety of disciplines founded in 2001 by designer/director Yasuki Fujita with actress Tomoko Ando, musician Osama Saruyama, poet Shino Kuraishi and producer Keizo Maeda. Since then, the company has collaboratively created site-specific works in unconventional performance spaces. ARICA was awarded Best Solo Performance at the 2005 Cairo International Experimental Theatre Festival for Parachute Woman.

It's playing for three nights at The Japan Society: (9/18 thru 9/20 @ 7:30). And if you're interested, you can see the show for free by ushering the show. E-mail me if interested.

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