SIFA 2019

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Shiro Takatani, Dumb Type (Japan)

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  • 24 May & 25 May 2019
    Fri & Sat, 8pm
  • Esplanade Theatre
  • $40*, $60*, $80

    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors

    Limited student tickets at $10

  • 1h 15m, no intermission

  • Performed in Japanese with English surtitles
  • Rating: General

    This programme is eligible under the Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy.

    All Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost. Schools may use no more than 40% of the total annual grant on overseas programme.

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Shiro Takatani, Dumb Type (Japan)

In this stunning performance-installation, Japanese artist Shiro Takatani’s meditation on silence unfolds in an exquisite multimedia staging, along with music by world-renowned composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto.

An endless veil of water overwhelms the stage. Cutlery, books and glasses, suspended in the air, free fall in slow motion. Voluminous swaths of black are cast against luminous human figures awaiting dinner. Thus, the arresting scenes of Shiro Takatani’s performance-installation ST/LL unfold with deliberate and mysterious precision.  

A founding member of artist collective Dumb Type, Takatani has been hailed for his inventive use of the media arts for the contemporary stage. With ST/LL, he transports audiences to a hypnotic stage – an exquisite mix of multimedia mirages, edgy lighting and sonic textures – where time and perception are stretched to their very limits.

Performed to rapt audiences in Europe, Tokyo and Taiwan, the sensory pleasures of ST/LL are further savoured with an ambient score by world-renowned composer Ryuichi Sakamoto – Takatani’s long-time collaborator – and fellow composers Marihiko Hara and Takuya Minami.  

Supple, surprising, and filled with symbolism, ST/LL’s shape-shifting scenes and playful visual subversion will remain etched in your mind, long after the curtains fall.

Programme Partner:

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
through the Japan Arts Council

(Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue)


“With its sometimes unusual mix of live action and audio-visuals, ST/LL is perhaps best seen as a live installation; a meditation on time and space.” - SeeingDance

“For Takatani more than thinking about the astonishing consequences involving the use of technologies on stage, is composing a sensorial experience for discovering – through the technologies mediation – an aesthetic experience in its etymological meaning.”  - DigiCult

Curated by Asian Film Archive

Shiro Takatani (Japan)

Gisèle Vienne (France)
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