THE鍵KEY / Tanizaki's 'The Key' / Musical Concept / Theatrical Concept / R&D, Photos, Recordings / Creative Team and Support
To reflect the ambiguous method of relating the drama in the novel and the way that the real communication between the characters is done tacitly and never face-to-face, the work will take place in four separate rooms of a traditional-style Japanese house with each trio performing simultaneously, relating their characters experience in different rooms. The performance will be promenade (the audience would be free to move throughout the rooms and pause to listen to whichever character they wish as the drama unfolds). An audience member would get the idea of the story and may even choose to follow one character more than another but they wouldn’t be able to understand every facet of the characters and plot, due to the nature of the performance.
The character ‘Kimura’ is performed by a dancer, rather than a singer, as he is the most mysterious character and I feel he should have a different mode of expression to that of the family members. For the R&D, Whole Hog Theatre's Alexandra Rutter worked with dancer Rikki Metsugi to create choreography and movement. More details about their fantastic work can be found here.