Eraser Mountain

NYU Skirball

NYU Skirball will present the North American premiere of Toshiki Okada/chelfitsch and Teppei Kaneuji’s Eraser Mountain on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29 at 7:30 pm at NYU Skirball Center. Eraser Mountain, performed in Japanese with Eng... more

NYU Skirball will present the North American premiere of Toshiki Okada/chelfitsch and Teppei Kaneuji’s Eraser Mountain on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29 at 7:30 pm at NYU Skirball Center. Eraser Mountain, performed in Japanese with English supertitles, considers how our present-day actions impact future generation and asks the question: “What is our environmental responsibilities to future generations?” After Japan’s great earthquake of 2011, a tsunami almost entirely demolished the region around the city of Rikuzentakata and thousands died. The city is now undergoing immense reconstruction to elevate the area as a countermeasure against future tsunami waves. Using local rocks to raise the land, however, has led to severe damage to surrounding mountains. In Eraser Mountain, Japanese director Toshiki Okada and visual artist Teppei Kaneuji question this human-centric approach to the problem and ask us to reimagine the relationships between people, objects, and the world. chelfitsch was founded in 1997 by Toshiki Okada, who writes and directs all of its productions. The troupe is applauded for its unique use of language and physicality, and is widely considered, b... more

NYU Skirball will present the North American premiere of Toshiki Okada/chelfitsch and Teppei Kaneuji’s Eraser Mountain on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29 at 7:30 pm at NYU Skirball Center. Eraser Mountain, performed in Japanese with English supertitles, considers how our present-day actions impact future generation and asks the question: “What is our environmental responsibilities to future generations?”

After Japan’s great earthquake of 2011, a tsunami almost entirely demolished the region around the city of Rikuzentakata and thousands died. The city is now undergoing immense reconstruction to elevate the area as a countermeasure against future tsunami waves. Using local rocks to raise the land, however, has led to severe damage to surrounding mountains. In Eraser Mountain, Japanese director Toshiki Okada and visual artist Teppei Kaneuji question this human-centric approach to the problem and ask us to reimagine the relationships between people, objects, and the world.

chelfitsch was founded in 1997 by Toshiki Okada, who writes and directs all of its productions. The troupe is applauded for its unique use of language and physicality, and is widely considered, both inside and outside Japan, as one of the leaders of contemporary theater. It made its debut abroad with a performance of Five Days in March in 2007 and has since performed works in more than 70 cities around the world. chelfitsch.net/

Toshiki Okada (Playwright/Director) is a theater artist, novelist and head of the theater company chelfitsch. His work has attracted attention at home and abroad for its attempts to overturn theater conventions. In 2005, his play Five Days in March won the prestigious Kishida Kunio Drama Award and he was a finalist for the Toyota Choreography Award. He made his debut as a novelist in 2007 with the collection of short stories "The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed,” winning the Oe Kenzaburo Prize the following year. Since 2016, he has undertaken a four -season commission from the Münchner Kammerspiele, one of the foremost public theaters in Germany, to direct work for its repertoire. He staged Pratthana – A Portrait of Possession, adapted from a novel by Thai author Uthis Haemamool, in Bangkok, at the Festival d’Automne à Paris, and at Resonance 2019 in Tokyo.

Teppei Kaneuji (Scenography) studied at the Royal College of Art, London. Employing a collage-like approach in his practice, Kaneuji makes his work out of the everyday objects he collects. Across a wide range of media such as sculpture, painting, video, and photography, he searches for sculptural “systems” that manifest the relationship between images and materiality. In addition to exhibitions in Japan and overseas, Kaneuji’s output also encompasses stage set and book cover designs.


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Eraser Mountain

Eraser Mountain
02/28/2020 07:30 PM
Fri, February 28
7:30PM
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February 28, Friday 7:30PM
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