Belloo Creative is an all-female, award-winning Australian theatre company that produces original contemporary works for stage and film.
Hanako... represents all that is wonderful about festival works and the rich diversity of theatrical conversation that they generate.
This is a show for the curious and creative alike.
From theatre to martial arts and urban fashion, there is something on offer for everyone, including even some mochi, served during a little break in proceedings.
Like Belloo’s previous, acclaimed “Motherland” it sits comfortably in its text, but never forgets the honour of the truth behind mythology, making its World Premiere as part of Brisbane Festival something of which its local, all-female, award-winning independent theatre company should be immensely proud.
Masako Mizusawa, Kimie Tsukakoshi and Noriaki Okubo. Photo by Barbara Lowing. HANAKO - Brisbane Festival 2016.
Caroline Dunphy and Katherine Lyall-Watson have created an impressive piece of theatre … An electrically charged, cross-cultural, multi-disciplined journey
Jonathan Shankey’s set design is unique, sleek and moody
Hanako: Desire & Other Secret Weapons is a potent production
Don’t miss this show but stay away from the third toilet cubical!!
The Belloo team have produced an action packed, fast paced mash-up of rap music, martial arts, fashion and mayhem
Belloo Creative’s format for hosting a production is refreshing with an inspired pre-show art exhibition by emerging artists - many of the pieces were sold.
Performers: Zachary Boulton, Caroline Dunphy, Noriaki Okubo and Kimie Tsukakoshi. Photo by Barbara Lowing. HANAKO - Brisbane Festival 2016.
Kathryn Walsh embrace the asymmetry of Japans coolest designers (think Miyake), of particular note is Mishma’s half-suit that spoke of his unwilling entrapment between two cultural worlds.
Noriaki Okubo is painfully elusive in the role of Mishima, the simmering self-torture of the Japanese artist evident in his steely expression and sharp dialogue (mostly in Japanese)
Kimi Tsukakoshi is chilling and yet familiar as Hanako
Quick, don’t miss it! Don’t miss your chance to see this amazing production or the artwork as you walk into the theatre.
Bringing laughter and fun into this play was magnificently orchestrated by Katherine Lyall-Watson & Caroline Dunphy.
Urban fashion is interspersed with elements of Anime, DJ and hip hop, and the lighting by the talented Jason Glenwright really sets the mood throughout the play.
The actors do a fabulous job
The Visy theatre leans a true intimacy to the performance that enhances your experience, making you feel part of the story.
A thought provoking evening that manages to remain light and fun... leaving you feeling uplifted when it ends.
Noriaki Okubo,Caroline Dunphy, Masako Mizusawa and Kimie Tsukakoshi. Photo by Barbara Lowing. HANAKO - Brisbane Festival 2016.
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Kimie Tsukakoshi features in Brisbane News Sept 2016