NYU Skirball will present the North American premiere of Toshiki Okada / chelfitsch and Eraser Mountain by Teppei Kaneuji on Friday February 28 and Saturday February 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the NYU Skirball Center. Eraser Mountain, performed in Japanese with English surtitles, examines the impact of our current actions on future generations and asks the question: “What are our environmental responsibilities to future generations?” “

After the great earthquake in Japan in 2011, a tsunami almost completely demolished the area around the city of Rikuzentakata and thousands of people died. The city is currently undergoing a huge reconstruction to elevate the area as a countermeasure against future waves of the tsunami. However, the use of local rocks to elevate the earth caused severe damage to the surrounding mountains. In Eraser Mountain, Japanese director Toshiki Okada and visual artist Teppei Kaneuji challenge this human-centered approach to the problem and ask us to re-imagine the relationships between people, objects, and the world.

chelfitsch was founded in 1997 by Toshiki Okada, who writes and directs all of its productions. The troupe is applauded for their unique use of language and physicality, and are widely regarded, both inside and outside Japan, as one of the leaders in contemporary theater. He made his overseas debut with a performance of Five Days in March 2007 and has since performed works in more than 70 cities around the world.

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