NEWS FROM FUKUSHIMA _ MEDITATION ON
AN UNDER-REPORTED CATASTROPHE BY A POET
This pensive and provocative theater work with dance, poetry, music and film from Tokyo-based writer Yuri Kageyama debuts at THE CLUB AT LA MAMA in NEW YORK September 11 – 13, 2015.
Fukushima is the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Radiation is still spewing from the multiple meltdowns, reaching as far as the American West Coast. Some 100,000 people were displaced from the no-go zone. But the story barely makes headlines. “News From Fukushima” is a solemn reminder and a literary prayer for Japan. It explores the friendship between women, juxtaposing the personal and the intimate with the catastrophic.
Directing the innovative production is CARLA BLANK, who has recently worked with international casts in Xiangtan and Ramallah, as well as collaborated with Ishmael Reed, Robert Wilson and Suzushi Hanayagi.
Collaborating artists for “News From Fukushima” are actor-dancers Takemi Kitamura, Monisha Shiva and Shigeko Suga, who perform with an equally multicultural cast of musicians, Melvin Gibbs, Sumie Kaneko, Hirokazu Suyama and Kaoru Watanabe. Lighting design is by Blu. Documentary footage of Fukushima is by Yoshiaki Tago.