Satoko Ichihara
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Satoko Ichihara


Satoko Ichihara is a playwright, director and novelist, born in Japan in 1988. She writes and directs plays that deal with human behaviour, 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 behaviour is invalidated, and even the ethics and morals of the social majority are radically called into question.

A Junior Fellow of the Saison Foundation, Satoko is also the 2020 laureate of the Kishida Award for Best Play of last year for ‘The Bacchae -Holstein Milk Cows’, commissioned by Aichi Triennale in co-production with Theater der Welt.

Materialise is currently producing Satoko Ichihara’s new piece, a play inspired by Madama Butterfly for Theater Neumarkt in Zurich, Switzerland.


based in

Tokyo, Japan


Performing Arts, Theatre