Comparative Arts presents “Kenzoku”
Two comparative artists enact a scene from Kenzoku.
A scene from Kenzoku.
Cast members perform one of the musical numbers from Kenzoku.
A comparative arts student performs on silks during Kenzoku.
Students perform the final musical number of Kenzoku.
View the full performance of Kenzoku.
On Feb. 15 and 16, Comparative Arts students presented their original play, Kenzoku.
Students had been developing the play since the beginning of the school year, studying and incorporating a variety of artforms into their creation, including animation, playwriting, electronic music, acting and dance. The finished project became a blend of original music, choreography and animation created by the students.
The performance featured two of the guest artists who collaborated with the students during the year: DJ Salar Ansari and Oscar-winning musician Luis Resto. Ansari and Resto provided music for and played small roles in the play.
Kenzoku takes place in a dystopian future in which humans have forgotten the secrets of friendship. In this climate of uncertainty, laboratory workers accidentally hatch the friendship egg, Kenzoku, by playing music on vintage instruments. The lab technicians are forced to rediscover the keys to friendship as they struggle to keep the hatchling Kenzoku alive.
The students also gave a special encore performance of Kenzoku as a part of the Winterlochen festival on Feb. 17.