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Project /TeZukA: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Eastman….

October 28, 2014

Project /TeZukA: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Eastman

Visionary Japanese manga artist and animator Osamu Tezuka provided the inspiration for TeZukA. Working with an international cast of 11 performers, 3 musicians and a calligrapher, Cherkaoui explores Tezuka’s fascinating world – a blend of tradition, science fiction and contemporary reality. Two of Tezuka’s manga stories which are well known in Japanese popular culture – Astro Boy and Buddha – particularly captured Cherkaoui’s imagination in creating this work. TeZukA features a specially commissioned score from award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney with lighting and set design by Willy Cessa and costumes by fashion designer Sasa Kovacevic. Tezuka’s original illustrations are projected alongside work by video artist Taiki Ueda and calligraphy by Tosui Suzuki. 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 brings the ‘God of Manga’s’ philosophy, drawings and characters to life.


 September, 6,  2011,  Sadler’s Wells


Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Music Composition:

Nitin Sawhney

Additional / Traditional Music

Tsubasa Hori, Woojae Park, Olga Wojciechowska

Set Design:

Willy Cessa


Jon Filip Fahlstrøm, Damien Jalet, Kazutomi ‘Tsuki’ Kozuki, Satoshi Kudo, Shintaro Oue, Daniel Proietto, Guro Nagelhus Schia, Helder Seabra, Vebjørn Sundby, Huang Jiahao, Li Bo, Kieran Brown, Mirai Moriyama, Hirotsugu Saegusa, Minoru Harata


Tosui Suzuki

Live Music:

Tsubasa Hori, Halee Jeong, Woojae Park, Olga Wojciechowska

Assistant Choreography:

Ali Ben Lotfi Thabet

Costume Design:

Sasa Kovacevic

Light Design:

Willy Cessa

Video Design:

Taiki Ueda

Production / Technical Manager:

Adam Carrée, Andrew Stock, Gemma Tonge, Laura Ann Booth


Jon Beattie, MJ Urbenek


Eastman, Sadler’s Wells (London), Bunkamura (Tokio)


Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (Singapore), Parc de la Villette (Paris), deSingel (Antwerp), Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt (Wolfsburg)


Hugo Glendinning

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