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A programme of performances and workshops for people of every walk of life, celebrating the universal language of the body.
A programme of performances and workshops for people of every walk of life, celebrating the universal language of the body.
43 backers pledged £4,011 to help bring this project to life.

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Tokyo Fugue - Stage Version
Tokyo Fugue - Stage Version

For the last 8 years, from our base in Tokyo, tarinainanika has been flying the flag for physical expression, building on the theatrical tradition of Corporeal Mime. Now we’re raising funds to share our approach on the other side of the world. Here's what we'll be doing:

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

We'll be performing our latest production, Tokyo Fugue, at The Cockpit in London (as part of the Camden Fringe Festival) and at the Croatian House of Culture in Rijeka (with our partners KRILA) - demonstrating the Universal Language of the Body on stage. 

OPEN WORKSHOP

We'll be running an open workshop at The Cockpit in London, inspiring people to use their bodies more creatively, whether in the context of art, business or daily life. We're offering the workshop on a pay-what-you-can basis, to encourage people from all walks of life to join. 

SCHOOLS PROJECT

Thanks to our connection with the RSA, we'll also be visiting RSA Academies in the West Midlands, inspiring the next generation to get physical in their communication.  We'll be performing Tokyo Fugue and giving a workshop at Whitley Academy in Coventry and giving workshops for students at Holyhead School in Birmingham. And we're running a movie project to connect students in the UK and Japan through the language of body and action.

Students of the Montessori School in Tokyo wave hello to students in the UK
Students of the Montessori School in Tokyo wave hello to students in the UK

Why this matters to the human race

Through this project we want to raise awareness of the untapped power of the body to express, connect and relate. And we want to inspire people to use their bodies more creatively, both on stage and off.

Tokyo Fugue - Stage Version
Tokyo Fugue - Stage Version

How your pledge will be used

We are deeply grateful to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and The Japan Society who have awarded grants in support of parts of this programme. We are running this Kickstarter campaign to cover the remaining £4,000 of cost. 

Your pledge will be used to cover:
  • cost of travel to the West Midlands and Croatia including accommodation and food 
  • production costs for performances in London, Coventry and Croatia including technicians’ fees and equipment hire 
  • studio rental for rehearsals and workshops
  • cost of producing the Kickstarter rewards, including filming and editing by award-winning director Katsuyuki Miyabe
Tokyo Fugue - The Movie
Tokyo Fugue - The Movie

About the rewards

We're offering three tiers of rewards for your generosity:

TIER 1: JOIN A WORKSHOP (£10+)
Anyone who makes a pledge to this campaign is eligible to join our London workshop on Friday 31st August. We're making the workshop available at this price so that no one is excluded on the basis of cost. But only 20 places are available - make a pledge and book now to secure yours!

TIER 2: ENTER THE WORLD OF TOKYO FUGUE (£30-£100)
Choose from three packages of rewards related to our current project: Tokyo Fugue (stage and screen versions).

TIER 3: COMMISSION US TO TEACH AND CREATE (£200+)
Help us unleash expressive potential through our work as teachers and directors. We'll send you video of the process and end product, as well as thank you messages from the participants, expressed through the Universal Language of the Body.  

Tokyo Fugue - Stage Version
Tokyo Fugue - Stage Version

The Tokyo Fugue Team

The RSA Connection

We are thrilled to be featured on RSA Kickstarter, a selection of Kickstarter projects curated by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).   

As a Fellow of the RSA, Tania sees this project as her contribution to the RSA's mission of "enriching society through ideas and actions". She also sees it as an extension of her work as RSA Connector in Japan, building creative connections between the UK and Japan. 

The schools we are visiting in the West Midlands (Whitley Academy in Coventry, and Holyhead School in Birmingham) are members of the family of RSA Academies. Our connection with them is thanks to the RSA.

We hope that through this Kickstarter project, with the support of the RSA network, we can spark debate about the role of the body in modern society, and unleash expressive potential across the globe!

Read our blog on the RSA website: What's the body for?

Credits 

Photography by Adam Clark

Video by Katsuyuki Miyabe

Music in the introductory video (other than the music in the Tokyo Fugue trailer): "Backed Vibes (clean)" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 

Risks and challenges

There is a risk that the timeline slips in producing the rewards. If it takes longer than expected to achieve the quality we want, we may need to push back the delivery date by a month or two. We will keep you updated throughout the production process and let you know if there's going to be a delay.

There's also the risk of injury or illness but this has never caused us to cancel or postpone a performance in the past...

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Join a Workshop

    One place at our open workshop in London (only 20 places available!) and a thank you message from the performers of Tokyo Fugue.

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    • 1 place on our London Workshop (subject to availability)
    • Video message from the performers of Tokyo Fugue
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    Pledge £30 or more About $39

    Tokyo Fugue Digital Art

    All of the above PLUS...
    Digital art containing the words, music and projected images from the stage production of Tokyo Fugue.

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    • 1 place on our London Workshop (subject to availability)
    • Video message from the performers of Tokyo Fugue
    • Tokyo Fugue Digital Art
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    Pledge £70 or more About $92

    Recording of Tokyo Fugue (live)

    All of the above PLUS...
    Full-length recording of a live performance of Tokyo Fugue (stage version).

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    • 1 place on our London Workshop (subject to availability)
    • Video message from the performers of Tokyo Fugue
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    Pledge £100 or more About $131

    Tokyo Fugue - The Movie

    All of the above PLUS...
    Film version of the stage production of Tokyo Fugue, produced and directed by award-winning film-maker Katsuyuki Miyabe. And to express our thanks we'll include your name in the credits of the movie.

    Includes:
    • 1 place on our London Workshop (subject to availability)
    • Video message from the performers of Tokyo Fugue
    • Tokyo Fugue Digital Art
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    Pledge £200 or more About $262

    Commission a Private Class

    All of the above PLUS...
    We'll offer free coaching to one person and send you a video of them expressing their thanks through the Universal Language of the Body.
    Help one person unleash their expressive potential!

    Includes:
    • 1 place on our London Workshop (subject to availability)
    • Video message from the performers of Tokyo Fugue
    • Tokyo Fugue Digital Art
    • Recording of a live performance of Tokyo Fugue
    • Tokyo Fugue - The Movie
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    Pledge £500 or more About $655

    Commission a Workshop

    All of the above (except the commissioned class) PLUS...
    We’ll run a free group workshop and send you a video with highlights of the workshop and a thank you message from the participants, expressed through the Universal Language of the Body.
    Help a bunch of people unleash their expressive potential!

    Includes:
    • 1 place on our London Workshop (subject to availability)
    • Video message from the performers of Tokyo Fugue
    • Tokyo Fugue Digital Art
    • Recording of a live performance of Tokyo Fugue
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    Pledge £3,000 or more About $3,932

    Commission a Show

    All of the above (except the commissioned class and workshop) PLUS...
    We’ll work with a group of people to create a theatrical performance. We'll involve you in the creative process as much as you like. And if you can't be there in person, we’ll send you a recording of the final performance and thank you message from the cast and crew.
    The world will be a more expressive place, thanks to you.

    Includes:
    • 1 place on our London Workshop (subject to availability)
    • Video message from the performers of Tokyo Fugue
    • Tokyo Fugue Digital Art
    • Recording of a live performance of Tokyo Fugue
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