Music Puppetry 3D Anime (2023)
Tomoko Mukaiyama

SADO fuses PUPPETRY with digital technology and combines the depth of human emotions with the imaginative power of literary FICTION.

Joruri is a traditional form of Japanese puppet theatre that seamlessly blends reality and fantasy, incorporating Buddhist philosophy with comical storylines which reminisce soap operas. In SADO, puppet master Hachirobe Nishihashi brings to life a curious mix of ancient stagecraft, electronic MUSIC, and 3D ANIME. Together, Mukaiyama and Hachirobe tell a story of unrequited love through the techniques of diverse creators, fearlessly copy and paste contemporary expressions into deep-rooted traditions.


Director: Tomoko Mukaiyama
Japanese puppeteer: Hachirobe Nishihashi
3D anime: Ryoko Kimura, Reinier van Brummelen, Neda Gueorguieva
Music: Tomoko Mukaiyama, Tomaso Albinoni, Kaho Nakamura
Technical director: Yutaka Endo
Sound technician: Yuji Tsutsumida
Graphic design: Simo Tse
Marketing: Willem Schenk
Production assistant: Yayoi Manabe

Production: Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation
Co-production: SARUHACHI-ZA, Multus (Japan)

Supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten


20 August 2023, Noorderzon Festival Groningen

SADO Programme note