photo by Nobuyoshi Araki

photo by Nobuyoshi Araki


Japanese and South Korean dancers of the same age challenge photographer Araki’s world!
Genshoku Shodo — Dancers in the Paradise

Tsuyoshi Shirai and Kim Sung Yong, two dancers of the same generation who are active in their respective home countries of Japan and South Korea, have created a dance performance in which various photographs from Nobuyoshi Ariaki’s photo collection Ojo Shashu — Higashi no Sora/Paradise clash and blend together on the stage. This exciting international collaboration, which has been three years in the making, will be performed live at Setagaya Public Theatre in February 2016.

The dancers, both of whom were born in 1976, have visited to each other’s countries, enthusiastically exchanged opinions, and communicated through dance. During that process, the word Shodo (meaning “impulse or “urge”) used in the title grew out of their interaction. As they dance, two contrasting impulses each inspired by Araki’s intense photographic world clash on stage at Setagaya Public Theatre.

Please don’t miss this memorable dance production, which is coming to the Tokyo stage after being fully reworked following its previous run of performances in Kyoto in September 2015.

Cast & Creative

Choreography & composition & dance
Tsuyoshi Shirai Kim Sung-Yong

Nobuyoshi Araki




Audience Support

Childcare Service

A childcare service is normally available for performances staged at Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram for which advance tickets are sold.

Charge: ¥2,200 per child
Eligibility: Children aged over 6 months and up to 9 years of age
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1526 Setagaya Public Theatre
You may reserve childcare services up to noon of the day 3 days before the desired reservation time, but when the number of children registered reaches capacity, applications will closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, please consult with the theatre regarding children with special needs.
Subcontractor: Kids’ Room Tinker bell Sancha

Wheelchair Spaces

Both Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram are equipped with wheelchair spaces to allow visitors to watch performances from their wheelchairs. However, as capacity is limited, use of wheelchair spaces is by reservation only.

Charge: 10% discount on the corresponding area ticket charge (plus up to one attendant free of charge)
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1515 Theatre Ticket Centre

Wheelchair spaces may be reserved up to 19:00 on the day before the desired date, but when the number of reservations reaches capacity, applications will be closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, for wheelchair users who prefer to watch the performance from a regular seat, the theatre will smoothly guide them too and from their seat. Please contact the theatre in advance to take advantage of this service.