Electric Japan, a season of dance, theater and visual arts drawn from Japan’s thriving experimental art scene.

electric japan is a season of dance, theater and visual arts drawn from Japan’s thriving experimental arts scene in The Crown Theaterthe pioneering international theater in London, from May 10 to June 11, 2022.

Appearing alongside emerging talent featured in the season, Saburo TeshigawaraJapan’s foremost contemporary choreographer will present the UK premiere of his hour-long distillation of WagnerTristan and Iseult from June 2 to 10. Teshigawara’s heavily laden miniature is made up of excerpts from a scratched-up recording of the opera, defying the epic scale of the music. With only himself and his partner Rihoko Sato on stage, portraying not only the two main characters but also the supporting actors in swirling motion, Teshigawara’s atmospheric lighting captures the emotional heart of this great drama.

Speaking about the season, Anda Winters, director of the Coronet Theatre, said:

“We are proud that the great Japanese artist Saburo Teshigawara is coming to Coronet this year. His presence in London is a precious moment for us, as we open up a world where artists can once again share their talent on stage with enthusiastic audiences. At Coronet, we have had the privilege of sharing the work of artists from many parts of the world in our annual programs. We are delighted to be able to continue our exploration of world cultures with this season focusing on the contemporary art scene in Japan. I have long been inspired by the culture of Japan. Its ability to innovate and change, while retaining the power of its great artistic traditions is unique.

MAYUMI HIRATA: JUMP! May 10 – 15

Renowned photographer and documentary filmmaker Mayumi Hirata presents two special photographic projects celebrating Japanese art and culture. To jump! features Japanese artists and performers, designers, chefs, and even monks – each captured jumping against a backdrop of identifiable classic European settings. The exhibition also features the work of multi-award-winning traditional ‘irezumi’ tattoo artist, Horiren 1st. A range of extraordinarily intricate full and partial artworks are captured through Hirata’s lens.

FUKIKO TAKASE: SEEING ART THROUGH THE BODY May 11

Dancer and choreographer Fukiko Takase present See art through the body, in collaboration with Hatis Noit and Meg Shirayama in a very experimental and playful dance piece, interweaving the movement of Takase, the voice of Noit and the work of Shirayama to create an immersive experience.

DANCE PJ REVO: F/BRIDGE May 14 – 15

Koichiro Tamura (Dance PJ Revo) the award-winning work is an experimental cocktail of hip hop dance paired with everyday industrial and urban props such as tires, bricks and machine parts. F/BRIDGE combines a group of talented dancers with cinder blocks to create a dynamic and perfectly fused new choreography. The blocks become extensions of the dancer’s body, used in infinitely inventive ways – stacked, swung, carried, laid on and thrown.

KUJIRAI AND OKUYAMA: TRIGGER POINT 18 – 19 May

Photo: Gyorgy Jokuti

Butoh or the “Dance of Darkness” is an idiosyncratic and physically demanding dance form. Both trained by eminent Butoh masters, Akaji Maro and Akira Kasai, Barabbas Okuyama collaborates with award-winning choreographer Kentaro Kujirai to present a double program. Trigger Point – NatureOkuyama’s solo performance, presents his visceral and contemporary vision of Butoh. A Hum San Sui (Landscape of Alpha and Omega)a duo between Kujirai & Okuyama, combining their styles to create a new form of expression through Butoh.

NEY HASEGAWA: UNIT ME May 19 to 21

Photo: Hideki Namai

Choreographer, director and performer Ney Hasegawa and his collective Annette Fujiyama exist somewhere between Forced Entertainment and Jérôme Bel. Their pieces feature whimsical flights, video projections, daydreams, powerpoint presentations, memories, choreography, music and installations. unite mean immersive solo work exploring invisibility and the spread of intolerance across the world.

KEI KAGAMI: ENGINEERING SEWING May 23 – June 11

Photo: Zachariah Zhou

Kei Kagami first studied architecture and fashion in her native Tokyo, before working in the studio of Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. In 1989 he went to London and worked for John Galliano for three years. He has since completed a Masters in Fashion Design at Central St Martins and now exhibits his conceptual work in museums and galleries around the world. A selection of her works will be on display at the Coronet, showcasing the multidisciplinary skills and conceptual designs that have cemented her place among fashion’s most innovative.

TOMOCO KAWAGUCHI: 4:48 PSYCHOSIS May 26 – 27

Sarah Kane’s latest iconic piece, 4.48 Psychosis comes to life in Japanese director Tomoco Kawaguchi’s experimental punk-rock opera to critical acclaim. Kawaguchi’s radical reinterpretation features four actors: a musician, two actors and an opera singer. Featuring original punk rock music, this groundbreaking production presents Kane’s provocative and poetic masterpiece in a whole new light.

SABURO TESHIGAWARA: TRISTAN AND ISOLDE June 2 – 10

Tristan and Isolde Saburo Teshigawara and Rihoko Sato photo Mariko Miura

Saburo Teshigawara began his unique creative career in 1981 in his native Tokyo after studying visual arts and classical ballet. In 1985, he formed KARAS with Kei Miyata and started group choreography and their own activities. He has been commissioned by many international ballet companies such as the Paris Opera to create repertoire pieces for the company. He has also received increasing international attention in the field of visual arts, with art exhibitions, film/video as well as set design, lighting and costume design for all of his performances.

Besides regular workshops at the KARAS studio in Tokyo, Saburo Teshigawara has been involved in many educational projects. Since 2014, he has been a professor at the Tama Art University in Tokyo, Scenography, Drama and Dance department. Through these and other educational projects, Saburo Teshigawara continues to encourage and inspire young dancers, while doing his own creative work. In 2013, he established his own private creative space Karas Apparatus in Ogikubo, Tokyo. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in Japan and abroad, including a Bessie Award in 2007, the Medal of Honor awarded by the Emperor of Japan in 2009, and in 2017 he was made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in France. .

electric japan May 10 – June 11, 2022 The Coronet Theatre, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB MORE INFO & TICKETS thecoronettheatre.com

Presented with the support of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

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