Zombie Opera “Danse Macabre”

Taro Yasuno (concept, music) + Miho Watanabe (dramaturgy) + Noriyuki Kiguchi (stage design)
November 12th – November 15th
Venue Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory
Dates 11/12 (Thu) 19:30
11/13 (Fri) 19:30*
11/14 (Sat) 19:30
11/15 (Sun) 14:30
Box office opens 1 hour before.
Doors open 30 minutes before.
*Post-performance talk
Duration 75 min. (no interval) (TBC)
Language Japanese (no surtitles)
Tickets Advance: ¥3,500 / Day: ¥4,000
Unreserved seating
Tickets on general sale from September 27th, 10:00
Early Bird Discounts
Limited numbers of tickets will be sold at a special discount of around 30% on the following four days:
September 23rd to September 26th

Zombie Music
Zombie Music

Zombie Music

An opera about death, created out of zombie music!

The Danse Macabre, or Dance of Death, is an old cultural trope where Death summons everyone, no matter their station in life, to the grave. This classic leitmotif that reminds us all of the universality of death has appeared in a wide range of art and literature in Europe since the Middle Ages. Now it becomes a “zombie opera”. Utilizing the remarkable so-called “zombie music” of Taro Yasuno, with recorders, clarinets, and other instruments programmed to play automatically, music dramaturge Miho Watanabe and theatre director Noriyuki Kiguchi also collaborate on this unique interdisciplinary experiment.


  • ZombiePhoto: Kazuyuki Matsumoto
  • ZombiePhoto: Kazuyuki Matsumoto
  • ZombiePhoto: Kazuyuki Matsumoto
  • ZombiePhoto: Kazuyuki Matsumoto
  • ZombiePhoto: Kazuyuki Matsumoto
  • ZombiePhoto: Kazuyuki Matsumoto
  • ZombiePhoto: Kazuyuki Matsumoto
  • ZombiePhoto: Kazuyuki Matsumoto
  • ZombiePhoto: Kazuyuki Matsumoto
  • ZombiePhoto: Kazuyuki Matsumoto
  • ZombiePhoto: Kazuyuki Matsumoto
  • ZombiePhoto: Kazuyuki Matsumoto


Artist Profiles

Taro Yasuno

Taro Yasuno


Born in 1979 to Brazilian and Japanese parents. With a background in experimenting with technology and sound through desktop and computer music, he began working on his unique “zombie music” style in 2012. The result was a Jury Selection at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival. He has previously been selected for the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival as well as the 69th National Arts Festival, among other awards and accolades. He is currently a lecturer and researcher at Nihon University College of Art.
Twitter: @poino
Facebook: Taro Yasuno
Web: http://zombie.poino.net/

Miho Watanabe

Miho Watanabe

Music dramaturge

A prolific writer for magazines and publications, and radio producer, she served as music dramaturge for “The Rite of Spring” at F/T14. She also teaches at Waseda University.
Facebook: miho.watanabe.585

Noriyuki Kiguchi

Noriyuki Kiguchi

Director, head of Akumanoshirushi

Born in 1975 in Kurashiki. He graduated from Yokohama National University. During his time at college he started creating theatre but stopped after graduating to spend some years as a construction worker. He began his theatre activities again in 2008, when he founded his company Akumanoshirushi (the name derives from a Black Sabbath song title). He was a 2014 Senior Fellow of the Saison Foundation. His major works include “CARRY-IN-PROJECT” and “Mon Père, Giacometti”.
Web: www.akumanoshirushi.com

Cast & Creative Team

Concept, Music: Taro Yasuno
Dramaturge: Miho Watanabe
Stage Design: Noriyuki Kiguchi
Cast: Nobuyoshi Asai, Masaya Kishimoto, Emi Sato, Taka Shinokubo, Takahiro Takigoshi, Mitsuki Togane, Momoko Nakamura, Kota Nagaya, Megumu Yaeo, Harumi Yamazaki
Technical Manager: Eiji Torakawa
Assistant Technical Manager: Chizuru Kouno
Stage Manager: Keisuke Watanabe
Stage Assistant: Go Sato
Lighting Co-ordination: Ryo Nakano (DotWorks Co., Ltd.)
Sound Co-ordination: Akira Aikawa (Sound Weeds Inc.)
Sound Operation: Tasuku Konomi
Costumes: Kyoko Fujitani (FAIFAI)
Video: Nobuhiro Matsuzawa, Sou Horita
Stage Design Co-ordination: Tomomi Nakamura
Props: Keiichiro Yasumoto (clown★bee), Koji Osafune (Osafune Seisakusho)
Zombie Music: Taro Yasuno, Yuichi Matsumoto
Zombie Music Assistant: Ten Goto
Advertising Design: Yasuwo Miyamura
Main Visual Photography: Kazuyuki Matsumoto
Main Visual Illustration: Tomohiro Koizumi
Production Co-ordination: Mayuko Arakawa, Akiko Juman
Production Co-ordination Assistant: Akiko Ishida
Interns: Miku Kukino, Ryo Sato, Risa Suzuki, Anju Tomaru, Akari Yoshida, Lin Chia Chi
Front of House: Ryu Maruyama
In co-operation with Hideyuki Sawada (Faculty of Engineering, Kagawa University), Makoto Hiroshige (Hokkaido University of Education, Kushiro Campus)
Special co-operation from TAKAHA KIKO CO., LTD. (solenoid)
Planed, produced and presented by Festival/Tokyo

Supported by Japan Media Arts Festival