This is the first joint production by Black Tent Theater and Nottle Theatre Company, who have been exploring their individual theatrical activities while keeping collaboration with each other in mind since their first meeting at Festival d’Avignon 1995. A ship caught in a storm at sea on waters that stretch between two countries: this is the opening of Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” which has been re-imagined as a story applying to modern Japan and Korea alike in this new jointly-conceived work from two theater companies who continue to create works focusing on modern society.
In March 2020, Hooyong in Wonju, home to a former US military base will provide the arena for this new collaborative creativity.
In April 2020, the play will be performed in Yokohama and accompanied by a workshop in Tokyo by Nottle director Young-oh WON on the body and theatrical expression.
Black Tent Theater
Established in 1970. Black Tent takes its productions around Japan and overseas in the search for all possible performance spaces beyond the established theater setting. In May 2013, the original limited company was dissolved, and the general incorporated association Black Tent Theater established. As well as original works by its in-house writers, the company uses novels, poems and tanka as themes for theatrical performances of its small but unique works.
Nottle Theatre Company
Formed in 1993, Nottle has gone back and forth between Korea and overseas continuing to engage in creative collaborations with artists of various nationalities and cultural backgrounds. In 1996 members began communal living in a closed-down school in the village of Hooyong, a site which was opened as the Hooyong Performing Arts Centre in 2001. Projects organized by the centre include artist-in-residence programs, the Hooyong Festival, and arts and culture-related educational programs for local residents.
Black Tent Theater
Hooyong Performing Arts Center, Wonju, Korea
Oryu Art Hall, Seoul, Korea
Studio with the heart, Bunkyo City, Tokyo