Artist Interview アーティストインタビュー
An Interview with Kuro Tanino
Revealing a new “With Corona” Perspective
Kuro Tanino (theatre director)
With a parallel career as a psychiatrist, Kuro Tanino (leader of the theater company Niwa Gekidan Penino) has created a unique world of theater that presents the viewers with stage art that is detailed to the point of obstinacy. In addition to his activities in arts festivals in Japan and abroad, in recent years he has conducted programs to high acclaim at the Aubade Hall in his native Toyama City in Toyama prefecture that are deeply oriented toward the local citizenry. The new condition brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic have prompted Kuro to venture into virtual reality (VR) methods, resulting in two works presented as Dark Master VR and Egao no Toride ’20 Kikyou (literally: The Fortress of Smiles ’20 Homecoming). In this interview, we talk with Kuro about his creative work and the potential of VR in this time when the Covid-19 pandemic has forced a state of seclusion on people.
Interview: Masashi Nomura (stage producer, dramaturg), Eiko Tsuboike (Editor of Performing Arts Network Japan)