Satoko Ichihara
Location brut nordwest
Language German, English, Japanese with German and English surtitles
Duration 105 min
Price EUR 25
Previous dates
15 May
Time 17 Uhr
16 May
Time 20 Uhr
17 May
Time 20 Uhr
18 May
Time 20 Uhr
Other dates
© Philip Frowein
© Philip Frowein
© Philip Frowein
© Philip Frowein
  • Paper-free evening programme

    Find an interview with Satoko Ichihara here.

  • Q & A

    16 May, following the performance

First performed in Italy in 1904, Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly tells of the relationship between a geisha and a US naval officer. While the female character is exoticised and her devotion culminates in self-denial, the romantic plot glorifies the potency of Western man. The young theatre maker Satoko Ichihara has chosen to turn the tables, thereby revealing these racist and sexist projections for what they are. For her first production outside Japan, she transposes the hegemonic narrative into a wild and disturbing fantasy world. Between Tokyo and Zurich, an international cast and 3D-animated avatars wrangle for sovereignty of interpretation in matters of identity politics, ideals of beauty, sexuality and power: with amusing images and combative debates, eccentric characters and pop-cultural disruptions. Satoko Ichihara’s theatre features surprising images and unashamedly forthright words of some substance. Shocking good.

  • Artistic Team

    Text, Direction Satoko Ichihara Dramaturgy Tine Milz Stage, Costume Stefan Britze Videoart, Avatars Juan Ferrari With Yan Balistoy, Brandy Butler, Sascha Ö. Soydan, Kyōko Takenaka

  • Production

    A commission by Theater Neumarkt (Zürich), Q Theatre Company (Tokyo) Coproduction Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Theater Commons Tokyo Supported by Kinosaki International Arts Center (Toyooka), Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo)

    Premiere September 2021, Zürcher Theater Spektakel

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