Satoko Ichihara (Tokyo)

entrance € 21,00 | reduced € 8,00

Residenztheater | Marstall

23.10. 20:00 – 21:45

24.10. 20:00 – 21:45

Artist talk after the performance on 23.10., moderated by Almut Wagner (in Japanese with German translation)

Japanese, English and German with German and English surtitles

  • Rollstuhlgerecht

In MADAMA BUTTERFLY, the director Satoko Ichihara investigates the stereotypical construct of Japanese and Asian femininity based on the narrative of Giacomo Puccini’s opera. In this opera, the 15-yearold Cio-Cio-San is married off to an American soldier. When he disappears shortly thereafter, she is pregnant. She later learns that he has married an American woman and commits suicide. What happens when this narrative passes through the bodies of those who are living in Tokyo or in Europe in the year 2021? In MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Satoko Ichihara tells a contemporary story instead of adapting the original text. It is set in a Japanese society which is orientated towards the Western canon of beauty and adopts its desires. By deconstructing the Butterfly myth and by its transcultural overemphasis, Satoko Ichihara changes the direction of the gaze. In a humorous and at the same time shameless way she deals with questions of belonging, romanticised notions of multicultural identities and the colonial structures of our desires.


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Text | Direction Satoko Ichihara Dramaturgy Tine Milz Performance Kyōko Takenaka | Sascha Ö. Soydan | Yan Balistoy Stage | Costumes Stefan Britze Videos Juan Ferrari Translation to English Aya Ogawa Translation to German Tine Milz

The playwright, director and novelist Satoko Ichihara was born in Japan in 1988. She writes and directs plays which deal with the discomfort regarding human manners and the body. In her work, patriarchal and anthropocentric narratives are suspended, and the morality of the social majority is radically called into question. Satoko Ichihara is the artistic directress of the Kinosaki International Arts Center and Fellow of the Saison Foundation. In 2019 she won the Kishida award for the best theatre play of the year for THE BACCHAE-HOLSTEIN MILK COWS, a work commissioned by the Aichi Triennale in co-production with Theater der Welt. In the theatre season 2019/20 she was invited for a residence at the Residenztheater Munich in the framework of the platform for international contemporary drama world/stage. MADAMA BUTTERFLY was created in collaboration with the Theater Neumarkt in Zurich.

Production Stéphane Noël (Materialise / HK) on behalf of Neumarkt (Zürich / CH) | Makiko Yamazato for Q Company | Theater Commons Tokyo (Tokyo / JP). Madama Butterfly is a production of Neumarkt (Zurich / CH), in co-production with Q Theatre Company (Tokyo / JP), Theater Commons Tokyo (Tokyo / JP), and Zürcher Theaterspektakel (Zurich / CH). Realization in cooperation with Residenztheater Munich and SPIELART theaterfestival Munich. This production received the support of Kinosaki International Arts Center (Toyooka / JP) for a research residency, as well as a production grant from the Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture / JP). Satoko ICHIHARA is a Fellow of The Saison Foundation (Tokyo / JP).