Tokyo Fugue, tarinainanika: train of thoughts and movements
|Photo Credit: A. Clark|
Through the “art of the thinking body” - as Corporal Mime can be described -, tarinainanika adds to the Camden Fringe programme a performance made of feelings, thoughts, and dreams. Tokyo Fugue, currently at The Cockpit theatre - likely to tour soon around the country and beyond -, aims to deliver an experience with the use of multimedia material and magnetic body movements. It is not a matter of dance or coordinated actions, rather a language that finds its new way through the human figure.
As the lights go down, the background screen and a spotlight turns on. An actor positions himself on the stage, first sitting on one of the three empty white chairs. Then, as confused sounds get mixed with classic music, free movements become jerky. Soon he is joined by two members.
The three chairs and a couple of little black notebooks are all the props and scenography elements used.
|Photo Credit: A. Clark|
Dialogues overheard, encounters never happened, phone calls breaking up, rush hour traffic on the escalator: anything that can be thought in the environment of stations is pulled together here, seen through the lens of half-sleeping souls. Thus, all the facts and reactions are slowed down and perceived ampler, with questions keeping on tapping and echoing. The final result is quite hazy, if added to the absence of a narration.
There are very few sequences conveying the cliché hustle and bustle, especially when the three actors cross and line up in rapid turns. The performance is more about all the untold, the undone, and the imagined happening inside the minds and in the few disordered interactions with the other people on the train.
|Image: A. Clark|
The music intertwines mostly with indistinct sounds of the tracks, producing a sort of calming effect in this normally frenzy climate.
It is difficult to imagine how long it must have been taken to Kentaro Suyama, Tania Coke, and Toshihiko Nishimura (the three performers) to become such a perfect organism on the move. Their gestures, their calculated interlocking, and paced steps are fascinating, and looking like the most natural acts. They are precise though smooth and their coordination is incredible.
There are cues, like the advertisements, that prompt the theatregoers to identify with the scenes. They help to make more familiar the otherwise totally unusual events happening, make it easier for the audience to empathise and almost remember with the performers “I have been here before.” We may not be fully conscious, present with all our senses on the way and in the middle of our commutes, but Tokyo Fugue physically renders those chaotic inner impressions and feelings for us.
Dates: 23-26th August 2018
Venue: The Cockpit
Thanks to Theatre Bloggers for the invite.