KYOKI is a wordless show aimed at children and families that addresses the themes of forgetfulness, old age, and loneliness. KYOKI means ‘dementia’ in Japanese and refers to an alteration in the ability to remember, think, or make decisions. It’s true that it usually appears in elderly people, but… Who hasn’t forgotten where they put the cookie jar? Or absentmindedly put their sweater on inside out?
KYOKI offers a knowing, reflective, and sensitive look at the experiences of both those who need care and the caregivers themselves. The family, medical institutions, and social institutions are present in the three characters portrayed by the lead actress: the grandmother, her daughter, and the doctor.
Through a gestural language based on object manipulation and constant interaction with the stage setup, the show creates a comedic and poetic universe that travels from realism to the hyperbole of daily life.
The theatrical play is based on the plasticity of the performer’s body and on a rigorous harmony of gestures with the original instrumental music, defining a dramaturgical sequence in which the image takes center stage. The staging is thus based on the pictorial dynamics of the organization of the theatrical space and on the narrative of the physical actions themselves, reflecting desires, feelings, and all defined dramatic states.
Creation by María Torres and Gonçalo Guerreiro Stage direction and set design by Gonçalo Guerreiro Performance by María Torres Object manipulation by Mario Rodríguez Costume and Props by Carolina Díguele Musical composition by Manuel Fonte Lighting by Nacho Martín Art production and graphic design by Carolina Díguele Photography by Vanessa Rábade
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