Aya is currently in rehearsals for Improbable’s new show, An Improbable Musical. She is the production’s Puppet Designer, Puppet Director and Puppet Maker as well as being one of the performing ensemble.
Aya is currently appearing in Touch Theatre’s production ‘The Gift’ at Z-Arts, Manchester till 31st December 2021.
On a sparkling Christmas eve, a lonely scientist watches his star. But a dusting of Christmas magic sends an incredible new friend his way!
Specially made for very young audience age 1 – 3 and presented in a fully Covid secure way, this brand new puppetry tale will welcome back the youngest audiences to theatres in 2021, with music, magic and a sprinkling of puppetry mayhem.
Aya will giving a talk on my personal journey as a theatre maker and puppeteer, hosted by The Japan Foundation, London. There is a sharing my recent work ‘The Spider’s Thread’ and a discussion about it with its composer Verity Lane, including how we are continuing to adapt our practice for online audiences.
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Aya is here performing as the voice of Také, the guide to this digital interactive online experience.
Digital Flight Paths is a digital adaptation of the stage production Flight Paths by Extant, combining animation, aerial movement and creative audio description.
Inspired by the Goze, blind female performers who travelled around medieval Japan making a living from telling epic tales, the characters move between tradition and modernity weaving together personal stories of blind artists from Japan, Nigeria and the USA.
Through interactive navigation by the Goze, viewers will journey through a unique, multi-sensory experience of Japanese cultural history and storytelling.
Artistic Director, Extant: Maria Oshodi Producer & Editor: Nic Sandiland Project Manager (Digital Flight Paths), Extant: Rhianne Rowson Animator: Dave Packer Web Consultant & Designer: Tim Jukes Digital Distribution Associate, The Space: Holly Close Marketing Assistant (Digital Flight Paths), Extant: Amelia Zhou Illustrator: Inko Ai Takita Translator: Tomoko Komura Voice Performance: Aya Nakamura
Flight Paths (2019) cast and creatives:
Co-directors: Maria Oshodi & Kumiko Mendl Writer: Glen Neath Cast: Amelia Cavallo & Sarah Houbolt with Takashi Kikuchi & Victoria Oruwari and Meg Kubota as ‘The Voice’ Aerial & Movement: Vicki Amedume Sound: Thor McIntyre-Burnie Audio Technologist: Tarim Designer: Becky Minto Projections: Terry Braun Lighting: Nao Nagai Assistant Director: Julie Osman Production Manager: Stacey Choudbury-Potter Stage Manager: Beatrice Galloway AV programmer: Libby Ward Lighting Operator: Steve Lowe
These workshops are a part of Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub: Sensory Play, designed for children and young people aged 5-18 years old that have special educational needs, profound or multiple learning disabilities, autism and/or who are neurodivergent.
Aya is sharing how to make a DIY Lava Lamp with things that you can find in the kitchen and ideas on how to play with shadows.