by Ami Okumura Jones
Part of our John Thaw Initiative Graduate Season 2019
A re-imagining of Japan’s oldest, most haunting and deeply beautiful folk tale.
Part of us is always chasing the past. We’re addicted to that particular bittersweet pain that comes with nostalgia and the attempt to return to what’s long gone. We tell and retell stories about what went before, what’s happening now, and where we’re going next. The stories hurt us, and the stories are usually untrue, but we insist on telling them anyway. Through the filter of The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter – Japan’s most ancient, haunting and beautiful folk tale – Meat Lab presents a collaborative exploration of home, belonging, memory, identity and the narratives holding it all together.