The shadows in between consciousness and memory, emerging from the choreography of light
Naoko Tanaka has spent over 15 years working in Germany across both the visual and performing arts. Her unique career has encompassed wide-ranging collaborations with such musical talents as Germany’s OVAL and France’s Colleen.
In 2011 she started a trilogy of light and shadow performance-installations, created by controlling various lights and intricately assembling everyday materials in a space. A series investigating perceptual experiences, the second part of this trilogy, Absolute Helligkeit (Absolute Luminosity), was previously presented at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2015. Now comes the long-awaited Japan premiere of the concluding work.
Inventively harnessing the minimal physical phenomena of light and shadow, Unverinnerlicht is the culmination of Tanaka’s fantastical and speculative world. Audiences will be beguiled by its landscapes, narratives, and moments.
- North Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
- Berlin, Germany
Naoko Tanaka was born in Tokyo (1975,) and is based in Berlin. After completing a master’s degree at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1999, she studied at Düsseldorf Art Academy as research fellow for Union Foundation for Ergodesign Culture. In 2001, she founded the art group Ludica in Düsseldorf with the choreographer Morgan Nardi, and has since created numerous performances and installations fusing performing arts and visual art. In 2010, she started working as a solo artist responsible for everything from the concept and direction to the stage design, direction, sound and performance. As such, she has attracted attention in the typically collaborative field of performing arts for this unique approach whereby the artist herself becomes an installation space as a performer. From 2011, through a trilogy of performance-installations. She created spectacular visual worlds with simple materials of light and shadow. The series expanded and reflected on the actions of looking and appearing. Her work has been invited to such international festivals as Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2015 (Niigata), Implus Dance Festival (Vienna), and Theater Spektakle (Zürich). To date, her work has been performed in 15 countries and over 30 cities. In addition to her solo work, she also collaborates with German composer OVAL (Markus Popp).
|Concept, stage, sculpture, performance||Naoko Tanaka|
|Musical collaboration||Luca Fogagnolo|
|Dramaturgical collaboration||Adam Czirak|
|Technical direction, set||Thomas Lehmen|
|Lighting plan, technics||Felix Grimm|
|Production management||Barbara Greiner|
|Co-produced||Sophiensæle, Berlin ｜PACT Zollverein, Essen|
|Supported||Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Kunststiftung NRW, The NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN), Kyoto Experiment staff|
|Technical coordinator||So Ozaki, Kyoka Arisawa|
|Stage manager||So Ozaki|
|Assistant stage manager||Midori Koyama|
|Publicity design||Saburo Sakata|
|Production coordinator||Azumi Komoto (ROHM Theatre Kyoto)|
|Assistant production coordinator (Intern)||Misa Mizuno|
|Supported||Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities [New Vision – Performing Arts / Gender / Society]|
|In co-operation with||Goethe-Institut Japan|