|TeZukA: Manga Translated into Dance|
TeZukA: Manga Translated into Dance
Osamu Tezuka has probably influenced, in some great or small way, every single manga or anime you've ever seen. He was the man who came up with some of the most fundamental illustrative techniques used in manga - the big eyes, the anthropomorphism, the subjective motion (where distortion is used to imply motion or action). He created one of the most beloved post-war characters in Japan, the robot-boy Astro Boy. But even if that's the only reason you know of him, it's worth taking a look at the diverse body of work beyond Astro Boy - work which is both diverse and abundant; Tezuka was an incredibly prolific artist, constantly creating and challenging.
The incredible creative vision of this 'God of Manga' has entertained, enchanted and inspired generations of Japanese, particularly those who grew up in the post-war years, including artists like musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, internationally renowned architect Tadao Ando and Oscar-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Now, another of his fans has taken Tezuka's work - and his compelling life story - and re-interpreted in new media: dance, music, and calligraphy.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is an innovative and eclectic performer, collaborating with artists from different fields and backgrounds to produce works of comtemporary dance that are challenging and beautiful. He is also a lifetime fan of Osamu Tezuka, having grown up reading manga in Belgium. In TeZukA, Cherkaoui works with an international cast of 10 performers including Daniel Proietto (AfterLight) and long time collaborator Damien Jalet (Babel (words)), three musicians and a calligrapher to explore Tezuka’s fascinating world, where tradition meets science fiction, where there is no clear line between wrong and right, where machines can be more human than the humans that created them. In particular, Cherkaoui has taken inspiration from two of Tezuka's most popular works, Buddha and Astro Boy.
To celebrate the premiere of this stunning new work, Sadler's Wells will also be running a series of events related to TeZukA. These include a Pre-Show Director's Conversation on the Out of Asia season, of which TeZukA is part, a pre-show talk with HYPER JAPAN favourite and Osamu Tezuka expert Helen McCarthy, and workshops exploring calligraphy, movement and manga. Details are available below and on the Sadler's Wells website.
Tickets and Further Information
The world premier of TeZukA will be showing at Sadler's Wells in London from Tuesday 6 until Saturday 10 September 2011. Tickets retail at £10 to £32. Visit www.sadlerswells.com to purchase tickets.
Thursday 8 September: Pre-show Director's Conversation: Out of Asia. Alistair Spalding, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler's Wells in conversation with Professor Chris Bannerman on the Out of Asia Season; discussing the significance of programming work from the East and the ever increasing impact such work has on the dance sector. (6.15pm, booking required, call 0844 412 4300).
Out of Asia Season at Sadler's Wells
Out of Asia is a season of works originating from China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Japan and Taiwan. In addition to TeZukA, the season includes Drought and Rain by French Vietnamese choreographer Ea Sola (September 19, 20); DESH (homeland) by Akram Khan (October 4-8); Haze, choreographed by Wang Yuanyuan and performed by the Beijing Dance Theatre (October 13-15); White by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwain (November 13-15); and 2 and Weight x 3 by China's TAO Dance Theatre (November 15, 16).