Music: Yiannis Christofides
Performers: Mathew Bazulka & Alexander Demers
Video: Yiannis Christofides & Kestrel Leah with footage from Jean Painlevé's The Love Life of an Octopus (1965)
TOKYO (work-in-progress) is a full-length, multi-media theater work mining the sound-image repertoire of Tennessee Williams’ Noh-inspired works The Day on Which a Man Dies and In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel. Composer Yiannis Christofides and performer Kestrel Leah collaborate to create a series of sonic-physical compositions incorporating sound, choreography, video design and original text. Emerging from a re-reading of the works as two chapters of a single night in the characters’ lives, the project unites these separate efforts of the author to reveal the intense personal struggle of the artist-innovator in the context of juxtaposed East-West philosophy and neurosis around art, love and death. Drawing inspiration from sound-theater and the iconic experimentations of the Gutai Group, TOKYO uncovers the emotional threads between Tennessee Williams and his contemporaries Jackson Pollock and Yukio Mishima.