Stage Play Review: The Water Station (2022) by Kim Seil

“Water Station” was initial performed in 1981 by the Tenkei Gekijō Theatrical Enterprise, primarily based on the play of Shogo Ota. It was the initial in a series of plays performed in total silence. In the version performed at InlanDimensions, Kim Seil is the director and SEAMI, a inventive collective established by Kim, the group performing. 

&#8220Water Station&#8221 is screening at InlanDimensions

The concentrate is on a consistently dripping water faucet which appears to be placed in the middle of a junkyard of sorts, or a dystopian wasteland one particular could say. Numerous travelers quit at the faucet, other folks to drink water, other folks to wash themselves, other folks for no apparent explanation, though a young lady, the initial to seem on the stage, watches them from numerous angles. A young and an older man fight, despite the fact that not precisely violently, for who will use the faucet initial. A man who appears to choke seems subsequent, followed by a couple with a child. An elderly lady, a beggar and a rather extended family members (or corporation one particular could say) come subsequent. Most likely the most imposing segment comes when a couple arrives, with the two of them washing themselves inside the pond underneath the faucet just before they have sex, in really the second erotic scene of the drama. Lastly, a lone mountaineer closes the collection of passersby, with the initial girl closing the play and the circle she opened in the initial scene.&nbsp

Basically a series of vignettes performed in silence, despite the fact that with the occasional accompaniment of music and the continual sound of the dripping faucet, “The Water Station” manages to stand out for a quantity of causes. The initial and most apparent one particular is the actual pace of the actors, who move as if in slow motion, with the practice inducing the play with a somewhat ritualistic essence, though providing a lot more influence to their actions. 

The second is a sense of hopelessness and fatalism that characterizes practically just about every particular person appearing on stage, as if they know that they are living in a planet that is ending and just attempt to survive for as lengthy as they can, with no any unique concern for the future. This aspect also provides birth to two a lot more, with a sense of loneliness emitted from practically just about every character, even like the couples and the group of folks that seem at one particular point, who are not alone physically, but unquestionably seem so, emotionally. The second is that even in such a dystopian setting of hopelessness, human instincts nonetheless play a important part, with the instinct of survival presented via their need to have to drink water and the need to have for sex, or human touch if you choose, via the two erotic scenes presented right here. 

All the aforementioned are stressed by each the mainly classical music, which seems in important moments all through the play, and the great job in the set, with the heaps of junk appearing all through intensifying the dystopian sense the “story” emits”. At the very same time, all these objects, and the truth that numerous folks like the initial girl hide behind them in order to watch what is taking place in front of the faucet, add a pretty intriguing voyeuristic sense to the play, which is primarily doubled when one particular considers that the audience is peeking on the folks peeking at other folks on the stage.&nbsp

At 150 minutes and featuring no dialogues and minimal movement, “The Water Station” is not precisely the easiest spectacle to watch. Nevertheless, Kim Seil manages to tone down and primarily eradicate this obstacle by the music, as aforementioned, by like several unique folks and episodes, with their coming and going providing a sense of movement to the narrative, and by the energy of presentation of the events, exactly where the slow pace actual operates in favor of, providing a lot more influence even to the slightest reaction. The initial sequence with the two males, the group of folks, the couple close to the finish and the lone mountaineer are the ones that stand out the most, but just about every single vignette right here is really rather memorable. 

As such, “The Water Station” emerges as a rather captivating spectacle that retains interest from starting to finish, via its ritualistic, minimalistic, and rather effective presentation.&nbsp



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