Through the collaboration of Koheisai Kawamura, who has learned the art of traditional Indonesian shadow puppetry, “Wayang Kulit”, and curator, Takenori Miyamoto, this project will culminate in a shadow puppet play “Tokyo shadow puppet theater” and a publication of the same title, which will visualize the oral history of 60 people living in Tokyo with overseas roots to 20 different nations.
Tokyo has undergone rapid diversification in the past 10 years. In response to the struggle and tension toward holding the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games due to the spread of COVID-19, “Tokyo shadow puppet club” will reveal Japan’s society in the 2020 historical turning point though screens showing diverse perspectives. The project will look for paths toward a “new Tokyo” where people rooted in different languages and cultures can live together.
Planning support: The Tokyu Foundation, Crevis
(As of March 2020)
1: “Tokyo shadow puppet club” logo (design: heso.inc)
2: Shadow play project with orphans infected by HIV (Chiang Mai)
3: Shadow play put on with evacuees from nuclear disaster “hebiwahebiwa~Minami Soma Odakaku Daihizan Story of a Giant Snake”
Koheisai Kawamura + Takenori Miyamoto
Koheisai Kawamura (Shadow puppeteer／Musician): Born in Tokyo, 1980. He studied Wayang Kulit and gamelan in Bali. He has gained much attention for his efforts to preserve traditional stories by presenting them in the form of shadow puppet plays in fieldwork and workshops conducted. He is the winner of the 2016 Gotoh Cultural Award in the division of Fine Arts.
Takenori Miyamoto (Creative director): Born in Nara (Japan), 1974. Curator/Creative director. Creative director, Kadokawa Cultural Museum (2019～). 1999 Completed the Master Program of Musashino Art University. Professor, Tohoku University of Art and Design (2005-2018). Program Director, “YAMAGATA Biennale” (2014-2018).