A photo of members of the tarinainanika theatre company grouped together on stage with serious expressions on their faces. A man at the front holds a paint brush and a man to his left holds a bust with material over the face. Signature style text reads: Rey Camoy.
A photo of members of the tarinainanika theatre company grouped together on stage with serious expressions on their faces. A man at the front holds a paint brush and a man to his left holds a bust with material over the face. Signature style text reads: Rey Camoy.
tarinainanika's Rey Camoy production photo. A mixed group of people fall to the ground around tarinainanika co-artistic director Tania Coke (centre), wearing a long blue dress.
tarinainanika's Rey Camoy production photo. A young Japanese man, wearing a black bowler hat, grey shirt and velvet suit jacket, looks afraid while holding an abstract puppet of a human baby, which is clothed a similar style suit jack to the man.
tarinainanika's Rey Camoy production photo. A young Japanese woman, wearing a brown apron over a black top, holds a cleaning rag up to her face. Behind her, a mirror, reflecting a person wearing a blue dress and a man in a grey suit sitting beside a white table.

tarinainanika presents

Rey Camoy

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Hauntingly beautiful physical theatre from Japan, inspired by the life of the painter, Rey Camoy.

Camoy (1928-1985) was described by Tokyo Art Beat as “a little-known peripatetic Japanese painter of the human condition”. Over his career he painted countless portraits of drunks, clowns, disabled soldiers, old crones – searching obsessively for himself in these lost souls. He took his own life at the age of 57.

tarinainanika’s production shows the artist in his studio surrounded by the characters from his creations. The drama unfolds without a word, with intricate ensemble-work and breath-taking physicality. It’s a gut-wrenching love song to beauty – the kind worth living and dying for.

tarinainanika is an international theatre company specialising in the art of Corporeal Mime. Directors Kentaro Suyama and Tania Coke are former members of the renowned Théâtre de l’Ange Fou, having trained for many years with Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum (last assistants of the founder of Corporeal Mime, Etienne Decroux). The company is based at the Flying Carpet Factory in Osaka which is also home to the Corporeal Mime School of Performing Arts. They have presented their original works at festivals and venues across Japan and internationally.

This tour is supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, EU Japan Fest and the Japan Foundation.


Reviews of past productions:

Tokyo Fugue
“a spectacle of dark fantasy that reaches to the bottom of your heart and shakes awake the exhausted human inside” – Ed Fringe Review

The Same Boat
“chilling, ethereal, disturbing and hauntingly beautiful” – Ed Fringe Review


Read our exclusive interview with tarinainanika Co-Artistic Director Tania Coke to discover what makes Corporeal Mime so special and what tarinainanika enjoy about performing in the UK.

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