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da:ns Festival - TeZukA


Sat Oct 27 2012, 8:00pm
Sun Oct 28 2012, 5:00pm

Where: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive, Marina Bay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

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Experience the magic of Japanese manga in TeZukA, a visually stunning work by acclaimed Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. A dazzling multimedia homage to the “Godfather of anime” Osamu Tezuka, whose influential works during post-war Japan have made a lasting impact on Japanese culture, Cherkaoui brings to life many of the characters from his comics such as Astro Boy and Black Jack.

Using spoken text, calligraphy, song, martial arts and dance, the choreographer recreates Tezuka’s vision of a world without prejudice - a reflection that continues to be relevant today.

With an international cast of 11 performers, three musicians and a calligrapher, Tezuka’s original illustrations will be projected alongside video art by Taiki Ueda and live brush strokes by Tosui Suzuki, infused with a specially commissioned score from award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney. Using the dancers’ movements to trace the physical evolution of Tezuka’s drawings - from a line on a blank page to a single Japanese kanji (letter) to a fully-formed manga character – Cherkaoui’s TeZukA is a feast for the eyes that celebrates an artist at the very heart of contemporary Japanese culture.

Parts of spoken text are in Japanese and French with English surtitles.

Co-produced by Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore; Parc de la Villette, Par is; de Singel, Antwerp and Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt, Wolfsburg.

In collaboration with Tezuka Productions.