SIFA 2023

2023New Media




2023New Media


by Toshiki Okada/chelfitsch (JP)

3 & 4 Jun, Sat & Sun, 2pm & 5pm
SOTA Studio Theatre

It’s often said that fiction is a lie that tells the truth. NEW-ILLUSION invites you to step into that mysterious space of intrigue where reality and fiction blur into each other within the theatre space.

NEW-ILLUSION is the latest in a series manifesting chelfitsch’s innovative theatre style EIZO-Theater, which creates a unique performance space comprising life-size projected images of performances that interplay with the physical space and give rise to dynamic illusions. The content of the images is illusory: it is not quite present in the performance space – and yet, it is.

Projected images of a man and a woman begin talking about a play that was performed in the theatre, a play set in the room where they had lived together. But is what the two are talking about fiction or reality? As the fictional, projected space on screen and the real space of the theatre encroach on each other, the audience senses the presence of actors that are not supposed to be there. Reality and fiction, present and past, and existence and absence overlap on the stage. A new illusion created by EIZO-Theater comes into view through the subtle gaps between these dichotomies.

There will be a workshop with Shimpei Yamada on 1 Jun, click here to sign up.

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Shimpei Yamada | Video Director
Tomomitsu Adachi | Cast
Ayana Shiibashi | Cast
Jeong Jung-yeop | Cast
Jang Young-gyu | Music
Raku Nakahara (Luftzug) | Recording & Sound
Masayoshi Takada (RYU) | Lighting
Kousue Ashidano (RYU) | Lighting
Kyoko Fujitani (FAIFAI) | Costume
Daijiro Kawakami | Stage Manager
Marie Moriyama | Stage Manager
Yuki Sato | Recording
Shiori Saito (AOZORA) | Video Assistant
Yuki Higuchi (AOZORA) | Video Assistant
Nawon Lee | Interpretation
Aya Ogawa | English Translation
Megumi Mizuno (precog) | Producer
Nanami Endo (precog) | Production Manager
Ema Murakami (precog) | Assistant Production Manager
Yuri Saito (precog) | Production Desk
Kumi Hiraoka (precog) | Production Desk

For Singapore performance
Arisa Nagasaka (RYU) | Lighting Operator

Commissioned by Ob/Scene Festival
Produced by chelfitsch
Planning and Production Management pecog co., LTD.
Supported by Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
In co-operation with KU Inc., office III’s
With the assistance of The Saison Foundation
This work is produced by 2022 ACC (Asia Culture Center) International Co-production Performing Arts Development Program.


1h, no intermission

Minimum age 6
Recommended for audiences age 13 and above
Japanese with English surtitles
Wheelchair accessible
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