Faifai Brings ANTON, NEKO, KURI to DiverseWorks Today

Faifai Brings ANTON, NEKO, KURI to DiverseWorks TodayDiverseWorks, Houston's multidisciplinary arts space, presents the Texas debut of Faifai, the Tokyo-based theater company known for their pop aesthetics, energetic groove, and experimental style that pushes the narrative boundaries of dramatic theater.

Faifai performs their most recent work, Anton, Neko, Kuri, at DiverseWorks today and tomorrow, December 6 and 7, 2013 at 7 pm.

Combining pop visuals and music with graffiti-like body movements, Anton, Neko, Kuri follows the alternatingly humorous and poignant travails of a sick stray cat and his encounters with individuals in his neighborhood. Faifai uses unconventional performance techniques - including cutting up, sampling and transforming performers' words into music, and inviting audience intervention - in order to blend disciplines, generate new realities, and reveal the creative process. Anton, Neko, Kuri transcends language barriers through a hybrid style that combines eclectic choreography and multiple video projections of English-language text with a polyphonic soundscape.

PERFORMANCE DETAILS
Friday, December 6, 2013 / Doors at 7 pm, Performance at 7:30

Saturday, December 7, 2013 / Doors at 7 pm, Performance at 7:30

Admission is FREE, but seating is limited.
Advance reservations requested and may be made online:
http://www.diverseworks.org/in-the-works/exhibtion-performance/faifai-anton-neko-kuri

Faifai is a Tokyo-based theater company established in 2004. It changed its name from "koyubichi" to "Faifai" in 2008. Since then, they have been active in the vibrant theater scene of Japan's capital, contributing their own unique vision and sensibility to the field of contemporary performing arts. Interested inmaking theater accessible to a wide range of audiences while maintaining theintegrity of theatrical research, Faifai has successfully developed a new form of theater that is a cross between a play and a party/event.

Incorporating dynamic disciplines like electro music, video and dance, Faifai's work depicts human relationships in today's complex society with irony, sensitivity, andhumor. As a major representative of Japan's "Trash & Fresh" subculture, the group has been collaborating with artists from various fields, including architecture, dance, device-art, and contemporary music. Their major theater works include My Name is I LOVE YOU (2009), The Story of Y o'clock (2010), SHIBAHAMA (2010), and Anton, Neko, Kuri (2012).

For their first U.S. tour in 2013 Faifai is presenting Anton, Neko, Kuri, nominated for the Toyota Choreography Award in 2012, at Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA; REDCAT Roy & Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Los Angeles, CA; DiverseWorks, Houston, TX; and the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA.




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