tarinainanika was formed by Kentaro Suyama and Tania Coke, as a vehicle to create, perform and transmit the theatrical art form of corporeal mime.
Along the way, we anticipate collaboration with other artists, not only from the world of theatre, but also from other genres.
Corporeal Mime is a is a stylised physical theatre-form. It is a structured yet infinitely adaptable language of dramatic expression, centred on the physical presence of the actor. It has been described as ‘the art of the thinking body’.
First developed by Etienne Decroux in the 20th century, it is an independent art form, with its own distinctive repertoire and vocabulary.
Born in Gunma, Japan, Kentaro moved to London in 1993 and in 1997 began studying
at the International School of Corporeal Mime under the direction of Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum.
In 2002 he was awarded a scholarship by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs to continue his studies with a post-graduate teaching and directing degree.
He then became Wasson and Soum’s teaching assistant and toured the world as lead actor in their company, Le Theatre de l’Ange Fou.
Since returning to Japan he has been teaching at the Tokyo Visual Arts School as well as creating and performing with Tania.
Originally from the UK, Tania studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and spent seven years as a business consultant in London and Paris.
In 2002 she entered the International School of Corpoeal Mime, under the direction of Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum, gaining a diploma and post-graduate teaching and directing degree.
In 2006 she joined the Theatre de l’Ange Fou, performing in several shows and teaching classes in the school.
During this time she also created two solo shows. Now based in Tokyo, she continues to create and perform with Kentaro.
Alongside her work in mime, she teaches business communications and conflict management.