Productions

Rashomon

October, 2001 By Philippe Cherbonnier (after Akutagawa)

The thief, the wife and the lover: the theft, the rape and the murder. But who did what, and to whom? Do you believe the living or the dead?

Inspired by Kurosawa's film and Akutagawa's original story, Yellow Earth's production of this classic Japanese "whodunnit" is a dynamic modern version, combining the company's own brand of martial arts physical theatre with Kazuko Hohki's unique musical style, celebrating Japan 2001.


Reviews:

'... dynamic...'
'flair and imaginative integrity'
'impressive physical and metaphysical agility'
'manages to embrace a spry, intellectual jokiness, without ever violating a sense of the immense gravity of the predicament'

The Independent

"Intriguing, inventive piece of theatre"
The Times


Creative / Acting Team

All of Yellow Earth's core members (except Veronica Needa) were a part of the creative / acting team for RASHOMON. They were joined by:

PHILIPPE CHERBONNIER (Writer)

Philippe is a director, performer and writer. His current work is the result of several years of personal experimentation and encounters with companies like Tara Arts and Yellow Earth. Over the years, he has been a practitioner of stylised theatre from the dance dramas of India to the Beijing Opera. Most recently, he has developed a highly personal style of storytelling. The success of these "monologues" encouraged him to write plays that bring together the narrative strength of storytelling with the dramatic tension of quick and witty dialogue. For Yellow Earth, he has previously written / directed WHISPER OF A FALLING LEAF and NO MAN.

KAZUKO HOHKI (Narrator)

Japanese performance artist Kazuko Hohki is probably best known for her off-beat Japanese punk group, Frank Chickens, which has toured both nationally and internationally for a number of years. More recently, she has produced her own very personal solo works, TOOTHLESS (Time Out Critics' Choice) and THE SHINING PRINCESS, which combine storytelling, music and multi-media to express her complex Japanese perspective after decades of life in London. Her work has sold out wherever it is performed, and she is currently under commission as a priority artist at Battersea Arts Centre.

CLIVE BELL (Composer)

Regular long-term collaborator with Kazuko, Clive is a musician specialising in far eastern music. He studied the shakuhachi (Japanese flute) in Tokyo, and the khene (Lao mouth organ) in Laos and Thailand. He currently performs with Jah Wobble and ambient composer Paul Schutze. Featured on 1999 albums by Jeff Beck and Bill Laswell. Written and produced for Japanese pop mavericks Frank Chickens. Composer for The Peach Child, children's show at the Little Angel Theatre, London (April 2001). Performed and composed for IOU Theatre's Boundary and Cure, Theatre De Complicite, and Kazuko Hohki's solo shows. Music for recent plays on BBC Radio 4. Solo CDs include Eating on Sound & Language label, and a shakuhachi album on ARC. Writes for Wire magazine.

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Is it possible to arrange to see a copy of the script used in your production of Rashomon, the script by Philippe Cherbonnier? Or can you pass my contact information on to him, or his to me? Thanks!

icon comment  Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  17/02/10  at  11:33 PM

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Hi, I too would like if possible to see a copy of the script used in your production of Rashomon, the script by Philippe Cherbonnier? Or can you pass my contact information on to him, or his to me?
Many thanks.


icon comment  Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/01/11  at  03:24 PM

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