A HAUNTED TALE OF MEMORY AND LOSS
KWAIDAN is a cinematic and atmospheric piece for teenagers and adults inspired by Japanese ghost stories and horror movies. It features life-sized puppets, humanettes, shadows, acting and videos.
Set in Japan in the early 1980s, Kwaidan tells the story of Haru, a young woman who comes back to her abandoned childhood home after many years of absence. Strange events happen as the house seems to be inhabited by spirits and ghosts from the past. As the story unfolds, the memory of a terrible event resurfaces.
Kwaidan has received funding from Arts Council England, Japan Foundation, Great-Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Japan Society and has been supported by Horse and Bamboo Theatre, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Little Angel Theatre, The National Puppetry Archive, British Unima and Metal Culture.
Concept: Aya Nakamura and Paul Piris
Performers: Aya Nakamura / Gilbert Taylor
Puppet maker: Aya Nakamura / Mohsen Nouri
Director, video and sound designer: Paul Piris
Lighting designer and general manager: Nao Nagai
Set designer and builder: Phil Newman
Photographer: Monika Kita www.monikakita.com
Graphic designer: Adam Hypki www.adamhypki.com
Music: Jean-Baptiste Aubert www.jeanbaptisteaubert.com
Artistic mentor: Bob Frith