Sadler’s Wells, a dance house in London, England, will host a visually stunning production based on the life and works of Japanese manga/anime artist Osamu Tezuka.


Titled TeZukA, the show looks to be pretty great.

Working with an international cast of 10 performers including Daniel Proietto(AfterLight) and long time collaborator Damien Jalet (Babel (words)), three musicians and a calligrapher, Cherkaoui explores Tezuka’s fascinating world – a blend of tradition, science fiction and contemporary reality. Two ofTezuka’s manga stories which are well known in Japanese popular culture –Astro Boy and Buddha – have particularly captured Cherkaoui’s imagination in creating this new work.

More details, from Sadler’s Wells’ website:

TeZukA will feature a specially commissioned score from award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney with lighting and visual design by Willy Cessa and costumes by fashion designer Sasa KovacevicTezuka’s original illustrations will be 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 – Cherkaouiwill bring the “God of Manga’s” philosophy, drawings and characters to life.

The production was spearheaded by choreographer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

The show is set to run at Sadler’s Wells from September 6 – September 10th, 2011. For more information visit the theatre’s website.

To view a rehearsal video of the performance, in which Cherkaoui gives some directorial insight into the project, click here.

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