Toco Nikaido is a celebrated Japanese theatre director, actress, singer, and choreographer. With her extensive knowledge of Japanese subculture, Nikaido started Banana Gakuen Junjo Otome-gumi (Banana Academy Pure-hearted Girls Group) and moulded her unique creative style that mixes perspectives from her own generation and those of 1960s and 1970s Japanese student movements. In 2013, Banana Gakuen Junjo Otome-gumi disbanded and reformed under the new name Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker. Enthusiastically received by audiences around the world, Nikaido continues to produce theatre with a frenzied combination of dance, music, and video that feature elements from pop, anime, idol live performance, and more.
Celebrating the group’s first performance as part of LIFT (22 June - 2 July 2016), Nikaido will talk about the unprecedented approach applied in her own brand of performance, as well as discuss the formation of her companies, presented in both Banana Gakuen Junjo Otome-gumi, and Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker. This talk will also examine where this unique troupe’s performance style and subject matter fit in the context of the current state of Japanese theatre and Japanese pop culture scene, and explore what the future could bring.
This talk is organised by the Japan Foundation in association with LIFT and the Barbican.
Performances of Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker will be held at the Barbican – The Pit between 22 June and 2 July 2016 (6:30pm and 9:30pm). For more details, please visit: liftfestival.com
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