The Krumple's YOKAI to Make U.S. Premiere at The Tank

The Krumple's YOKAI to Make U.S. Premiere at The Tank

The Tank in association with the award-winning international, physical theatre ensemble The Krumple (Oslo, Paris) will present the United States Premiere of YOKAI at The Tank's new home at 312 West 36th Street.

Performances will be Monday, September 11 at 8pm, Tuesday, September 12 at 8pm, Wednesday, September 13 at 8pm, Thursday, September 14 at 8pm, Friday, September 15 at 8pm, Saturday, September 16 at 8pm, Sunday, September 17 at 3pm, Wednesday, September 20 at 8pm, Thursday, September 21 at 8pm, Friday, September 22 at 8pm, Saturday, September 23 at 8pm, and Sunday, September 24 at 3pm. Tickets ($15-$35) are available for advance purchase at

In this performance we meet a group of curious looking people very similar in spirit to the Japanese yokai. With miniature trees and paper seagulls in their pockets, they begin to recreate the world as they see it. An empty performance space is gradually filled with trees, mountains, skyscrapers, a lighthouse and a rusty cab. It is a world similar to ours - with people rushing to work, masses striving for overnight fame and lovers waiting for the special one to arrive. It is a steady chase after happiness, alongside a strong determination to become someone significant. With YOKAI, the Krumple focuses on those who fail to achieve either one.

Critically acclaimed international ensemble The Krumple is proud to present the United States premiere of YOKAI at The Tank. Combining theatre, dance, magic, poetry and sheer stupidity, The Krumple tells a contemporary tale of our attempts to find hope in moments of despair. A highly physical and visual experience, YOKAI was originally developed over the course of two residencies at Conservatoire de Vincennes and at Theatre de la Noue in Paris, 2015 and presented at the annual Les Plateaux de Groupe Geste(s) at Theatre de Chatillôn in Paris.

Opening night will kick off on Tuesday, September 12 with an event at 6:30pm sponsored by the Norwegian Consulate in affiliation with FUTUREPERFECT Productions.

YOKAI won first prize at the Les Plateaux du Groupe Geste(s) 2016, chosen as the most promising new theatre piece.

The Krumple is an international theater company based in Oslo and Paris, committed to creating dynamic, daring physical work through expressive movement. Created in 2013 after one year of collaborations and workshops together, the company consists of actors, directors, puppeteers and musicians, all graduates of École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. Straddling the borders of Norway, Germany, Denmark, France and the United States, The Krumple seeks to create a language without borders through the expression of the human body.

The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter serving emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression. We serve over 1,000 artists every year in over 400 performances, and work across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, public affairs, and storytelling. Our goal is to foster an environment of inclusiveness and remove the burden of cost from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. The heart of our services is providing free performance space in our 98 seat proscenium and 56 seat blackbox that we operate in Manhattan, and we also offer a suite of other services such as free rehearsal space, promotional support, artist fees, and much more. We keep ticket prices affordable and view our work as democratic, opening up both the creation and attendance of the arts to all. Since its founding in 2003, artists who have come through The Tank include Alex Timbers, Amy Herzog, Lucy Alibar, Mike Daisey, Reggie Watts, Kyle Abraham, Andrew Bujalski, We Are Scientists, and tens of thousands of others.

Photo Credit: James Coote

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