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mime school

theatre company

event space

tarinainanika is an international theatre company specialising in Corporeal Mime. Drawing on the rich technique and creative processes of Corporeal Mime we devise original pieces centred on the expressive power of the human body. We also run a school offering a range of teaching programmes, from full-time professional training to one-off classes and workshops. In 2019 we relocated from Tokyo to Osaka and, after a year of DIY refurbishment, opened the Flying Carpet Factory where we now run the school, company and an event space. Here we offer a place of discovery, creativity and collaboration, for artists and creators from Osaka and beyond. 



Performance and Event Info

Weekend Workshop

9th June

For those unable to attend our weekday training, we offer monthly workshops at our studio in Osaka. These sessions cover the technique and creative processes of Corporeal Mime and are ideal for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. 


Corporeal Mime School of Performing Arts



June 29-30 @Flying Carpet Factoryy

Students of the full-time course perform their latest creation, making use of their respective languages (Japanese, Chinese and English) and the universal language of the body to bring their ideas to life. Each of the characters - a punk, a professor, a patient, a pierrot and a high-school pupil - presents their own particular drama of being alive, absurdities, contradictions and all. 

2-day Summer Workshop

13-14 July 

This special summer programme is a chance to experience the art of Corporeal Mime over an intense 2-day period. Participants will gain practical knowledge of how to create physical drama through the study of technique, repertoire, improvisation and composition. All are welcome - no prior experience required. 

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Free Trial Class!

Daily training in Corporeal Mime

At the Corporeal Mime School of Performing Arts we offer daily classes in the “actor art” of Etienne Decroux. You can sign up for classes on an ad hoc basis or enrol in our full-time professional training course. Your first class will be free. 



We are now celebrating 5 years at the FLYING CARPET FACTORY!

Click below for links to the fifth anniversary interview and press release outlining what we've been up to and where we hope to go from here. 



Corporeal Mime School of Performing Arts

nurturing the next generation actor-creator

In October 2020 we opened our school in Osaka with the aim of offering the highest level of training in the art of Corporeal Mime. Here students can acquire the technical skills to express drama through the body and the creative toolkit needed for a career as an independent theatre-maker. Whether you're looking to develop as a professional artist or simply curious to experience this "art of the thinking body", we look forward to welcoming you. 




the drama of being and doing

tarinainanika is a physical theatre company specialising in Corporeal Mime, the 'actor art' founded by Etienne Decroux in 20th century France. The company is led by Kentaro Suyama and Tania Coke, third-generation artists in the tradition of Corporeal Mime. With each piece we create we seek to push the boundaries of what can be expressed by an actor's body on stage. We present our works at our studio in Osaka, across Japan and internationally.