Ten years ago, physical theatre performer Tania Coke performed her first solo show at London’s Cockpit Theatre as part of its Theatre in the Pound programme. Now, after eight years abroad, she returns with her Tokyo-based physical theatre company tarinainanika, and the Camden Fringe debut of their mesmerising show Tokyo Fugue, which runs 23 to 26 August 2018. Watch the hypnotic trailer and gen up below – and then get booking!
You are on a train. You are searching for someone. You fall asleep. In your dream, you are on a train. You are searching for someone…
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?
Tokyo Fugue is a mesmerising piece of physical theatre about feeling lost, set in the maze-like train system of Tokyo. The scenes unfold like the variations of a fugue, in sequences of meticulously crafted movement. At times poetic, at times comical, at times unsettling, this is theatre that speaks to the soul.
“It was utterly breathtaking to see the three bodies moving in perfect union.”
“I had so many goose-bumps it was crazy. So moving, profound and important.”
“For the last eight years, from our base in Tokyo, we’ve been flying the flag for physical expression, building on the theatrical tradition of Corporeal Mime. In our eyes, the expressive power of the body is as relevant today as ever. Social media has revolutionised communication, but when it comes to matters of the heart and soul, tweeting only goes so far.
The human body has the power to convey thoughts and feelings at a deep instinctive level. And we think that’s a power worth nurturing.”
Directors Kentaro Suyama and Tania Coke spent many years under the direction of the legendary Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum (last assistants of the founder of Corporeal Mime, Etienne Decroux) and were long-time members of their company, Theatre de l’Ange Fou.
After moving to Tokyo, Kentaro and Tania set up tarinainanika and have since been performing their original creations at festivals and venues across Japan. They teach regular classes in Tokyo and workshops in the expressive power of the body.
Kentaro Suyama – After graduation, Kentaro moved to the UK from Japan to study theatre. He spent 13 studying, performing and teaching the dramatic art of Corporeal Mime under the direction of Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum. During this time he was awarded a scholarship by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs and became Wasson and Soum’s teaching assistant, performing around the world as leading actor in their company Theatre de l’Ange Fou. He has also performed in films, TV programmes and commercials and 2010, formed tarinainanika with Tania Coke, with the aim of furthering the art of Corporeal Mime through creation and education.
Tania Coke – After graduating from Oxford University, Tania worked as a business consultant but feeling the tug of the arts, she began to study Corporeal Mime, a theatrical art that uses the body as the primary means of expression and creation. She spent 8 years training and working under the direction of Steve Wasson and Corinne Soum as a member of the Theatre de l’Ange Fou. She moved to Japan in 2010 to set up tarinainanika with Kentaro Suyama. Tania is also a mediator and communications specialist and Japan Connector for the RSA.
Toshihiko Nishimura graduated from Meiji University, and has been an actor since 2008 working in classical drama, contemporary drama, rakugo (Japanese story-telling) and physical theatre. Since 2009, he has worked as a voice actor and narrator in a wide range of commercials, TV programs and audio books. In 2017’s Aozora Bunko Reading Contest, he received the Gold Prize. He also works as a lectuer at the Meiji University Liberty Academy.