Artistic Update

LACRIMOSA with ARTIO Choral Society 

May 25 – 26, 2018
Public Performances

Special presentation at UNISON FESTIVAL (
May 19, 2018
Nickle Theatre MRU

Mark Kunji Ikeda teams up with ARTIO for their newest creation of Choral Theatre.
With a new repertoire of choral songs from around the world, this new creation looks at the cycle of violence, martyrdom, and social shifts in our society.

Choral Direction by JL Bleau
Choreography by Mark Kunji Ikeda
Performed by Artio
Featuring dance by Mark Kunji Ikeda and Alen C
Set / Light Design by Terry Gunvordahl



Mark Kunji Ikeda has been commissioned to create a new work for the 2018 CanAsian Dance Festival. This new work will feature Ikeda and Richard Lee in a new piece that intersects dance / theatre / clown.

Politics meets Clown meets Dance in this alternate reality where almost everything is possible. Within this new piece titled EVERYTHING else IS POSSIBLE Mark Kunji Ikeda draws on the sordid history of the Taikomochi – the Japanese clown – to engage with physical and logical boundaries. The clown seeks to live in truth, to remain fully embodied until arriving at a crux, a systemic problem that needs to be explored; the dancer seeks physical virtuosity within a set structure of choreographic choices. Together these forms will feed one another in order to illuminate how art can fearlessly play within our political landscape.

Performed by Mark Kunji Ikeda and Richard Lee
Original Composition by Darren Young
Set / Projection Design by Jennie Thorp-Vallis
Costumes by Joanne Ikeda

KickStart Festival
September 27 – 29, 2018
The Theatre Centre

Toronto Ontario


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