Theater & Dance Performance The Strangers

The Strangers The Strangers © Tomoaki Kudaka

Sat, 13.07.2019 -
Wed, 17.07.2019

The Strangers is an international theatre and dance performance about empathy and antipathy facing cultural differences. The production addresses the questions of identity, belonging, trust and marginalization. The representation of feelings and beliefs in this performance aims at encouraging the audience to broaden their own horizons and to think about what we all have in common.
The dancers are from Japan, Korea, Thailand and Malaysia. The piece is directed by Leandro Kees from Argentina/Germany, the dramaturg was Julia Hesse from Germany.

"I look in the mirror and I see myself. My eyes, my nose, my mouth. Typical. That’s me! Reflecting what I know, what I want, what I am capable of. But also: typical German, typical Japanese, typical Nigerian, typical Chinese… Typical man, typical woman, typical, typical, typical!

We believe to know who the others are. And, of course, who we are ourselves. But how do we actually know? And what makes us members of a certain group?"

This Asian-German dance production was initiated by the Goethe-Institut Osaka and the ricca ricca*festa Okinawa. The performance was already staged in Asia on several occasions – in Okinawa, at ASSITEJ Korea and Taiwan Dot Go Children’s Art Festival in 2018 – and will be on tour to South East Asia this year.

Performances & workshops

Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) 
13 July at 8pm
14 July at 3pm

Performing Arts Centre of Penang (PenangPAC)
16 and 17 July at 8:30pm

The director Leandro Kees will also conduct physical theatre workshops at DPAC on 20 and 21 July 2019 from 1 to 8pm. Please register here.

Workshops will also take place in Penang on 18 July from 6 to 10 pm. Please register here.

The event is supported by Damansara International Arts Festival, George Town Festival, the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur, the Yamaoka Memorial Foundation and the Goethe-Institut Malaysia.