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Shinsai - Shattering Gods

March 16, 2012

Munich's i-camp theatre unveils an extraordinary benefit dance piece

  • Text by Antonia Wille

A year ago, Japan was shocked by an enourmous and terrible earth quake and tsunami. Now, one year later, thing's are getting better - but nothing's like it was before. People still need help to rebuild their homes. Touched by the terrible human catastrophe, the Munich i-camp theatre presents a benefit dance piece. The earnings of the performances will go to Japan. Satellite Voices talks to the show's dramatic adviser Eva Maria Reichert.

Satellite Voices: What's the idea behind the dance theatre "Shinsai - Shattering Gods"?
Eva Maria Reichert:
The idea for the project comes from Etsuko Imai. She's from Japan but now lives in Germany and experienced the catastrophe via TV from Germany. After that, she wanted to do something for Japan - with an artistic aspect. To reach people and to sensibilise people, who love to go to the theatre, but haven't heard a lot about Japan and its earthquake. The benefit aspect is very important for us, because there are still a lot of regions which need help.
SV: What is the piece about?
Eva Maria Reichert:
 We're showing the daily life in Japan - with aspects of the earthquake, tsunami and atomic catastrophe. The attempt, to create normality in between the catastrophe, will also be part of the piece - even there's no normality possible yet. Dance artist Mariko Yamada, who lives in one of the earthquake regions, will show her impressions and the cultural side of Japan. Her non-verbal, corporal performance shows the unspoken words, which aren't possible to say. The tragic events aren't speakeable.
SV: What can the audience expect?
Eva Maria Reichert:
 The audience can expect an multi-media evening. There's acting, dance, music and projection. We're working with visual as well with acoustic aspects on the basis of the Japanese culture and tradition. Origami and kimono-clothes are important as well. In my opinion, there's no way to talk about Japan without the aspect of the tragic catastrophe last March. In our piece the earthquake is very important. Even when we're not directly talking about it, it's always there. 

For tickets and information information, visit the i-camp-website.

"Shinsai - Shattering Gods" will be shown at the i-camp Munich from March 23 to March 25 @

Entenbachstr. 37
81541 München

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