Saitama Gold Theater (Japan): Ravens, We Shall Load Bullets - New Vision Arts Festival 2014

2014-11-14 20:00 - 2014-11-16 16:10

Saitama Gold Theater (Japan): Ravens, We Shall Load Bullets - New Vision Arts Festival 2014

When: 14-15 Nov 2014 Fri-Sat 20:00, 16 Nov Sun 15:00
Where: Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre

Ravens, We Shall Load Bullets Still

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Director: Yukio Ninagawa
Playwright: Kunio Shimizu

The solemn trial of two young protestors, who are in court for throwing explosives, is suddenly disrupted when a gang of elderly women breaks into the courtroom with broomsticks and bombs. Disregarding rules and standard behaviour, the grannies turn defendants into plaintiffs, prosecutors into hostages, and even have to fight the renewed flame of desire.

Ravens, We Shall Load Bullets Still

In this Hong Kong debut by Saitama Gold Theater, "acting your age" takes on a totally fresh significance. In 2006, Yukio Ninagawa, a leading figure in Japanese contemporary theatre, held an open audition to recruit untrained actors over 55 years of age for a one-year community project. The response was surprising and overwhelming - the veteran director ended up spending 2 weeks selecting 48 senior citizens from over 1,000 candidates. Since then, Saitama Gold Theater has performed regularly and developed a wide-ranging repertoire. The group currently has 39 members with an average age of 75.

Ravens, We Shall Load Bullets Still

True battlers in their roles and in reality, these seniors-turned-artists constantly test their own limits and those of theatrical convention, breathing life experience into characters to profound impact and becoming stars when late in years. A radical reworking of the possibilities of both stage and old age.

Ravens, We Shall Load Bullets Still

Sharing Session - Adding a Dramatic Twist to Later Life
When: 15 Nov 2014 Sat 15:00
Where: Lecture Room, Kwai Tsing Theatre

 

Saitama Gold Theater comprises a remarkable group of senior citizens-turned-actors, formed through open audition in 2006 by established Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa. Ranging in age from 63 to 88, the elderly performers have successfully learnt to draw on decades of experience to develop a unique naturalistic acting style. Meet members of Saitama in this sharing session and learn about the staging of Ravens, We Shall Load Bullets, their training, and how they instill their personal stories into the characters they play on stage.

Speakers: Members of Saitama Gold Theater
Moderator: Anson Lam
In Japanese with Cantonese interpretation. Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis

 

Pre-performance Appreciation Talk: Ravens, We Shall Load Bullets
When: 15 Nov 2014 Sat 19:00
Where: Lecture Room, Kwai Tsing Theatre

 

How did renowned director Yukio Ninagawa train a group of elderly people to become stage performers? Actor Anson Lam utilises his years of studying and working in Japan to provide tips on how to appreciate Japanese theatre.

Speaker: Anson Lam
Free Admission
In Cantonese. Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis
Organised by the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong)

 

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