Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, a contemporary dance director whose previous work has been honored with the Benois De La Danse, Laurence Oliver Awards, and National Dance Award, will be staging his tribute to "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka at Sadler’s Wells in London in September, 2011, and Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo in Feburary, 2012.
From Sadler Wells' description
Visionary Japanese animator and manga artist Osamu Tezuka provides the inspiration for internationally renowned choreographer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s brand new work - TeZukA.
Working with a cast of nine dancers, two musicians, an actor and a calligrapher, all drawn from Europe and Asia,Cherkaoui explores Tezuka’s fascinating world - a blend of tradition, science fiction and contemporary reality. Two of Tezuka’s manga stories which are well known in Japanese popular culture – Astro Boy and Buddha – have particularly captured Cherkaoui’s imagination in creating this new work.
TeZukA will feature a specially commissioned score from award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney with lighting and visual design by Willy Cessa, plus projections ofTezuka’s original illustrations alongside work by video artist Taiki Ueda. Using the dancers’ movements to trace the physical evolution of Tezuka’s drawings - from a line on a blank page to a single Japanese kanji (letter) to a fully-formed manga character - Cherkaoui will bring the“God of Manga’s” philosophy, drawings and characters to life.