Osamu Jareo / Thikwa + Junkan Project

Thikwa + Junkan Project

Disability and normalcy, welfare and art, Germany and Japan, performers
and spectators…
The beginning of a sensitive and refined dialogue between all differences

Although both the these projects – Berlin-based Theater Thikwa and Junkan Project, originating from the NPO DANCE BOX – have long worked with theatrical expression beyond the boundaries of the able bodied and disabled, only in 2009 did they become an international conjunct program. For this year’s edition of KYOTO EXPERIMENT they will present yet one more development of their work. Choreography and Direction are led by Osamu Jareo, a dancer and choreographer who encountered Thikwa in Berlin during his sojourn as a trainee for the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs from 2008 to 2009. Since then, Jareo has not ceased to create a dialogue that transcends the frontiers between different contexts such as disability and normalcy, welfare and art, Japan and Germany.

Concentrating on the almost imperceptible worlds that hide within these differences, he has been able to crystallize them and put them on stage. During July, and for the third phase of this project, an artist residence project was held in Berlin, and also a presentation of its results. Now, this work will be recreated in Kyoto at the Former Rissei Elementary School. In Thikwa + Junkan Project’s work we witness the encounter of performers who bear differences that seem impossible to reconcile, as well as a kind of communication that could not be achieved with words. On stage, we will find unexpected elements such as an interactive sound-producing device connected to the wheels of a wheelchair created by programmer Shigenori Mochizuki, as well as lighting and sound technicians among other backstage staff performing their usually hidden operations in the open. They will attempt to question not only incontrovertible sensations and common sense, but also the very system of scenic arts.

Auditorium, Former Rissei Elementary School

Jareo Osamu

Jareo founded the dance unit Jareo Osamu + Terada Misako in 1991; a decade later, in the summer of 2002, they were awarded both the Nextgeneration Choreographer Grand Prix and the Audience Award at the renowned Toyota Choreography Award. Among the recognitions they have received there is also the Kyoto City Art and Culture Prize for the Promotion of Exceptional Artists (in 2004). In recent years he’s started a solo career and since then has been expanding the limits of his artistic activity by becoming involved in a wide range of enterprises, such as carrying out stage works and workshops with the elderly and people with disabilities, and creating projects that involve musicians, clinical philosophers, interactive media artist, robotic and information engineers among others. It is a work that transgresses the limits of genres and of contexts.

Concept, Choreography, DirectionOsamu Jareo
Dance DramaturgeNanako Nakajima
DanceKarol Golebioski, Nico Altmann, Gerd Hartmann, Nobuhiro Fukusumi, Sachiko Fukusumi, Juri Nishioka, Fuminori Hoshino, Osamu Jareo
Artistic CollaborationGerd Hartmann
SoundBunsho Nishikawa
LightingAsako Miura
Stage ManagerKazushi Ota
Stage DesignShigenori Mochizuki, Mamoru Metsugi, Reina Shiihashi, Ritsumeikan University Associate Professor Mochizuki’s seminar at the Department of Image Arts and Science
Produced byNPO DANCE BOX, Theater Thikwa
Co-Produced byKyoto Experiment
Supported bythe Berlin Senate’s Cultural Affairs Department
Presented byKyoto Experiment