©Mikko Gaestel

Tokyo Festival Program

Learning from the Future

by Colette Sadler

  • Dance
  • Film
  • Online Program

Schedule:Friday, Oct. 29 – Monday, Nov. 8



Choreographer / Director: Colette Sadler

A posthuman dance fiction that reconceives the body

The stage is dominated by a monolithic object. The performer BODY A is an empty channel for the lights, colors, and video imagery displayed on this object. Scottish choreographer, performance, and curator Colette Sadler here reconceives the female dancer as a futuristic cyborg to reflect on the possibilities that remain for the living body in an age when it is being replaced. The cyborg dancer moves with astonishing agility, its entire body immersed in the flow of data coming from the monolith. What does this tell us about humankind? Is this a vision of the future that awaits?


Video Commentary


45 min.


Ticket: 1,000 yen
Tickets on sale: Sunday, Aug. 29
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Mikko Gaestel

Colette Sadler

Born in Glasgow. Sadler trained in classical ballet at London’s Laban Centre and completed a BA there. After appearing as a dancer in works by various choreographers, she formed Stammer Productions in Glasgow in 2002 to support her own artistic production in the fields of choreography, performance and curation. Sadler’s works have been shown at numerous international festivals. Her latest dance work “Temporary Store” premiered in Berlin in February 2019, and in August the same year she took part in the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase. Sadler recently worked on the choreography for “Futureland” by director Lola Arias.


Choreography: Colette Sadler
Performance: Leah Marojevic
Music: Brendan Dougherty
Video: Mikko Gaestel
Light: Samuli Laine
Costume: Eyal Meistel
Dramaturgy: Assaf Hochman
Producers: Feral

By Colette Sadler / Stammer Productions and Dance4 / Arts Council of England.
Funded by Creative Scotland. Supported by residencies at TanzHaus Zurich and Bora-Bora Aarhus.
Part of the British Council Showcase 2019.

Coordinators: Fumiko Toda, Nao Miyauchi (arts knot)
Advisor: Sachiko Nishio (arts knot / sistema)


Organized by Tokyo Festival Executive Committee[Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre & Arts Council Tokyo)]

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2021


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