Ruth Leon recommends… The Fahrenheit Alliance ⅢRuth Leon recommends
The Fahrenheit Alliance Ⅲ
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I’m not entirely sure what this Japanese multimedia project is but it sure sounds intriguing. It is described as an ambitious original multimedia staging of playwright Kyle Yamada’s The Fahrenheit Alliance inspired by Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451.
Kyle Yamada’s 2020 play posits a private way for people to gather during an emergency when they are forbidden to assemble, as in a Covid-19 lockdown.
Inspired by this, Hirai-Kikaku and Media Kobo has developed a live-streaming project, consisting of a series of short performances. Each performance lasts about 15-20 minutes. These performances represent the transfer of communication from location to location, performer to performer. For example, one participant records a voice for someone else, that someone listens and performs along with the recording. The performer then records their voice for another person, thus passing the baton. A series of ‘voices’ and ‘bodies’ form a non-literal correspondence..
In this way, the actors trapped in their room by Covid-19 organise a secret, invisible alliance transcending walls and distance.
The first and second performances have been streamed live and archived via YouTube. The third part of this series will be streamed live at C ARTS on 7 and 14 August at 13:00 at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe and a recording of the 7 August live streaming will be available on demand from 8 August. £3