by director Motoi Miura
venue: Novgorod theatre ?Mali?
Supported by The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in fiscal 2013 and Kyoto Art Center «Artist in Studios» Program
Caius Martius, a brilliant Roman general, is given the cognomen of «Coriolanus» after he conquers Volscian city of Corioli. However, the exploit is lost because of his hatred and contempt for the people, and the tribune order him to be banished. After being exiled from Rome, Coriolanus allies with his old enemy Aufidius and swear vengeance against Rome. When the vengeance is nearly completed, Coriolanus? mother Volumnia visits him and succeeds in dissuading her son from destroying Rome. Coriolanus instead concludes a peace treaty between the Volscians and the Romans. When Coriolanus returns to the Volscian capital, Aufidius kill him for his betrayal. The company was invited to Globe to Globe Festival in London with their first Shakespeare production ?Coriolanus? in 2012.
Directed by Motoi Miura, the company adopts various texts to produce expressive theater where words, light, sound, texture, and the human body converges on stage.
While based in Kyoto, Chiten has been very active elsewhere, and has even been programmed in the opening lineup of Kanagawa Arts Theatre. They have also taken their performances beyond Japanese frontiers, presenting their versions of ?Uncle Vanya? and ?The Cherry Orchard? in Moscow, where their work was highly acclaimed. Among their productions are ?The Crucible?(2006), which earned them the Best Scenography Prize at the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre.
Director ? Motoi Miura
Music composer ? Keisuke Sakurai
Roles and actors — Coriolanus: Dai Ishida, Choros: Satoko Abe, Saki Kohno, Shie Kubota, Yohei Kobayashi
Performance duration ? 2 hours
Age ? 16+
Foto credits: Simon Annand