The Coronet Theater will present the ELETRIC JAPAN season

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The Coronet Theatre, London’s pioneering international theatre, will present Electric Japan, a season of dance, theater and visual arts drawn from Japan’s thriving experimental arts scene.

Appearing alongside the emerging talent featured in the season, Saburo Teshigawara, Japan’s foremost contemporary choreographer, will present the UK premiere of his hour-long distillation of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde from June 2-10. Teshigawara’s heavily laden miniature is composed 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, embodying

not only the two main characters, but also the supporting actors in swirling motion, atmospheric Teshigawara 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 the 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 been privileged to share 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 global cultures with this season focusing on the contemporary art scene in Japan. I 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.”

The program for the season is:

May 10 – 15
MAYUMI HIROTA: JUMPING
Acclaimed photographer and documentary artist Mayumi Hirata presents two special photographic projects celebrating Japanese art and culture. 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.

May 11
FUKIKO TAKASE: SEE ART THROUGH THE BODY Dancer and choreographer Fukiko Takase presents See Art Through the Body, in collaboration with Hatis Noit and Meg Shirayama in a very experimental and playful dance piece, interweaving Takase’s movement, Noit’s voice and Shirayama’s artwork to create an immersive experience.

May 14 – 15
DANCE PJ REVO: F/BRIDGE
Koichiro Tamura’s award-winning work (Dance PJ Revo) 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 new dynamic and perfectly fused choreography. The blocks become extensions of the dancer’s body, used in infinitely inventive ways – stacked, swung, carried, laid on and thrown.

May 18 – 19
KUJIRAI AND BARABBAS: TRIGGER POINT
Butoh (or Butō) or the “Dance of Darkness” is an idiosyncratic and physically demanding form of dance. Both trained by eminent Butoh masters, Akaji Maro and Akira Kasai, Barabbas Okuyama collaborates
with award-winning choreographer Kentaro Kujirai
present a double invoice. Trigger Point – Nature, Okuyama’s solo performance, presents his visceral and contemporary vision of butoh. A Hum San Sui (Scenery of Alpha and Omega), a duo between Kujirai & Okuyama, combining their styles to create a new form of expression through Butoh.

May 19 – 21
NEY HASEGAWA UNITED ME
Choreographer, director and performer Ney Hasegawa and his collective Fujiyama Annette exist somewhere between Forced Entertainment and Jérôme Bel. Their pieces feature whimsical flights, video projections, daydreams, powerpoint presentations, memories, choreography, music and installations. United Me, an immersive solo work exploring invisibility and the spread of intolerance across the world.

May 23 – June 11
KEI KAGAMI ENGINEERING COUTURE
Kei Kagami also originally studied architecture
as a tailor in his 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.

May 26 – 27

TOMOCO KAWAGUCHI: 4:48 PSYCHOSIS
Sarah Kane’s iconic latest piece, 4:48 Psychosis, comes to life in Japanese director Tomoco Kawaguchi’s critically acclaimed experimental punk-rock opera. Kawaguchi’s radical reinterpretation of Kane’s play 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 in its UK premiere.

June 2 – 10
SABURO TESHIGAWARA: TRISTAN AND ISOLDE 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. .

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

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