ICHIHARA Satoko (Q)

  • Born 1988 in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan
  • Photo: Mizuki Sato

Ichihara Satoko has led the theater company Q since 2011. She writes and directs plays that deal with human behavior, the physiology of the body, and the unease surrounding these themes, using her unique sense of language and physical sensitivity. In one of her works, themes such as sex, cross mating and breeding are clinically portrayed through the viewpoint of women; the audience is showered with physically stimulating, verbal rampages and the actors execute their lines using their entire bodies—at times in the manner of caricature, at times in the manner of confession. Here, the patriarchal, anthropocentric narrative of sexuality and reproductive behavior is invalidated, and even the ethics and morals of the social majority are radically called into question.

Selected Works & Awards

2017
Favonia's Fruitless Fable, the Seoul Marginal Theater Festival, Seoul, South Korea
2017
Favonia's Fruitless Fable, Nominated for finalist of 61st Kishida Kunio Playwriting Prize, Tokyo, Japan
2013
Qlobe of Life II, Festival/Tokyo Emerging Artists Program, Tokyo, Japan
2011
Insects, Receives the Aichi Arts Foundation Drama Award, Aichi, Japan
  • The Underground Fairy, 2017, SCOOL, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photo: Mizuki Sato
  • Courtesy of Q