Artist Interview アーティストインタビュー
Serious postmodern comedy Keralino Sandorovich
Keralino Sandorovich (born 1963) emerged as a playwright and director in Tokyo in the 1980s against the backdrop of Japan’s “indies” scene, which included the independent small-theater movement, a boom in bands recording on independent labels and a boom in independent filmmaking. After leading the rock band Uchoten as a vocalist and owning the Nagomu Records music label under the name KERA, he became active in theater and founded the company Gekidan Kenko. Since 1993 he has been active primarily through his theater company Nylon 100°C as a leader of the Japanese contemporary theater scene along with figures like Oriza Hirata and Suzuki Matsuo. He is known for his prolific production of new works varying widely in subject and styles that include serious comedies, critical biographies and science fiction comedies. Behind his works lies a wealth of media experiences from film, music and literature he absorbed as a precocious youth born (1960) and raised in Tokyo with a manic appetite for new discoveries. We spoke with him about the Keralino Sandorovich theater world he has created as a golden boy of the postmodern era.
(Interviewer: Akihiko Senda)