Art & Design

Tokyo Fugue - contemporary physical theatre from Japan

23 - 26 August 2018, Lonodn

Tokyo Fugue is a mesmerising piece of physical theatre set in the maze-like train system of Tokyo. The scenes unfold like the variations of a fugue, in sequences of meticulously crafted movement. With three bodies, three chairs, a collage of English and Japanese text, a lullaby, a fugue and some train sounds, it conjures up the dizzying experience of life in a modern metropolis. The audience is left breathless and wondering: what is it, after all, that I am chasing? At times poetic, at times comical, at times unsettling, this is theatre that speaks to the soul.


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Audience response
"so moving and profound and important"
"utterly breathtaking"
“I had so many goosebumps it was crazy”


Created and directed by Kentaro Suyama and Tania Coke
Assistant direction by Junichi Matsumoto
Performed by Kentaro Suyama, Tania Coke and Toshihiko Nishimura
Text by Kentaro Suyama and Tania Coke
Original soundtrack by Tania Coke

tarinainanika is an international theatre company specialising in Corporeal Mime – an artform based on the expressive power of the body. Directors Kentaro Suyama and Tania Coke trained and worked for many years in London and were members of the acclaimed Theatre de l’Ange Fou ensemble. They now create, perform and teach Corporeal Mime from their base in Tokyo. This is their first time to share their work back in London after 8 years in Japan. 


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This production is kindly supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation


Admission: £15 (£12 concs)

23 - 26 August 2018, 7.00pm

The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH

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