Artist Interview アーティストインタビュー
Stage musician/sound artist Hiroko Tanakawa
Interpreting Satoshi Miyagi’s theatrical world
For over 20 years, Hiroko Tanakawa has created the stage music/sound for productions directed by Satoshi Miyagi (artistic director, Shizuoka Prefectural Arts Center (SPAC)), who is known for stage directing that divides roles into movers and speakers. Using the performing actors in their rotations on stage and a rich variety of percussion instruments, Tanakawa has created a unique style of stage sound for plays like The Adventures of King Mahabharata and Antigone. For Miyagi’s 2017 New Kabuki production The War Chronicles of Mahabharata (Starring: Kikugoro Onoe and others), Tanakawa drew attention working in collaboration with Kabuki musicians. She also works energetically in workshops for people from the general public and children and in her own creative activities, such as working with director Koji Kurasako and the activities of the NPO “Children Meet Artists” and more, constantly searching for new and organic ways to bring art into daily life. In this interview we explore the work of Tanakawa, who, with no formal music education, sees herself as a creative outsider in the world of stage sound and music.
Interviewer: Masahiko Yokobori