In the play, a Zen master gives a test to one of his students, who must answer a series of questions framed in koans (riddles that defy rational thought) correctly in order to "graduate" (e.g. "How does a man who has climbed to the top of a pole go farther?"). The test continues for several days, designed to determine if the student has reached enlightenment. Live accompaniment by Berlin-based experimental musician Dieter Trüstedt underscores the action.
Since its debut, Oida has performed the work around the world with recent engagements in Italy, Spain and Austria this past summer.
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