Tokyo Fugue

Mesmerising physical theatre from Japan

Thu 23 Aug 2018 to Sun 26 Aug 2018

Tokyo Fugue

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Produced and presented by tarinainanika theatre unit

Hosted by The Cockpit

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...

This is a show 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. With three bodies, three chairs, a collage of English and Japanese text, a lullaby, a fugue and some train sounds, Tokyo Fugue 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?

At times poetic, at times comical, at times unsettling, this is theatre that speaks to the soul.


Created and directed by Kentaro Suyama and Tania Coke
Performed by Kentaro Suyama, Tania Coke and Toshihiko Nishimura
Assistant direction by Junichi Matsumoto
Text by tarinainanika
Music by Tania Coke (variations on Bach's D minor fugue, BWV 875)

Audience response
"a mesmerising piece"
"utterly breathtaking"
"the execution was flawless!"
"the circular motion of train travel was the perfect metaphor for the alienating experience of modern life"

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This production is supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

About tarinainanika
tarinainanika is a theatre unit specialising in Corporeal Mime – an artform based on the expressive power of the body. Its directors, Kentaro Suyama and Tania Coke, trained and worked for many years in London with the legendary Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum, last assistants of the founder of Corporeal Mime, Etienne Decroux.  Now based in Tokyo, Kentaro and Tania create, perform and teach Corporeal Mime in venues across Japan. This is their first time to share their work back in London after 8 years on the other side of the world.


Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th August 2018 - 7:00pm

Full price: £15 Concessions: £12