Performing Arts


The Dark Master

U.S. PREMIERE | ONSITE HYBRID LIVE & VR CONTEMPORARY THEATER
2021, Dates to be announced.

Inspired by an indie manga, psychiatrist-turned-director/playwright Kuro Tanino creates an immersive and humorously dark experimental theater piece using a new style of “live performance.” The play addresses authoritarianism, detailing how a young backpacker’s identity is completely absorbed by the owner-chef of a local eatery called the Master. Tanino devises an unconventional presentation by utilizing VR headsets and the actual smells of cooking for a limited audience of 10-12 people per performance. Like the young backpacker in the Master’s virtual eatery, you will lose yourself as the border between reality and illusion collapses.
The Dark Master is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council, The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts Japan program, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), and Doug and Teresa Peterson.

Agency for Cultural Affairs, Gov't of Japan  Japan Foundation    ACT


Image © Takashi Horikawa.

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