by Shuji Onodera
Shuji Onodera was trained in mime at the Mime Institute of Japan. In 1995, he formed the “Performance Theatre Mizu to Abura” (it means water and oil in Japanese). Since then he has been in charge of the direction and choreography for all performances created by the company. The group has toured in twenty-two cities of nine countries abroad as well as in Japan until their disbandment in March 2006. They were honored with “The Herald Angel Award” at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2001.
In 2006, he resided in Paris for a year under a fellowship "New Artists Overseas Research Program" by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan. Soon after he returned to Japan in 2008, he presented The Man who Fell into the Gap with ballet dancer Yasuyuki Shuto and others. He established a new company "derashinera" to create his own works in 08 and presented Fugue X in Kobe, and toured in Festival MIMOS in Périgueux, International MIME and Physical Theatre Festival Poland, Warsaw. In 2010 the piece will be presented in COS International Festival of Mime and Gestural Theatre. In subsequent company pieces A woman’s house (08), ARAKAJIME (09), and for Seicho Matsumoto’s Points and Lines (09), he has received favorable reception by using theater actors and creating a physical theater-like direction combining mime, dance, and theatrical performance.