The full-time course is a thorough immersion in the art of Corporeal Mime. With classes every weekday, three terms a year, over a period of three years, it is ideal for anyone looking to develop as a professional artist. The classes are taught by Kentaro Suyama and Tania Coke, directors of tarinainanika. Our commitment is to help students reach the highest level of expertise in Corporeal Mime and fulfil their personal potential as an artist. (
The curriculum explores the art of Corporeal Mime from multiple angles. Over the course of three years students will acquire the technical know-how to express drama through the body and develop the creativity to produce theatre that is refined, touching and original. Students will also have opportunities to develop the practical and production skills needed for a career as an independent theatre-maker.
Each week is made up of 20 hours of lessons. The curriculum is divided into the following areas:
In these classes you will develop the technical skills to express drama through your body. Areas of study include: articulation of the body, stylisation of action, dramatic use of space, the illusion of weight and resistance, walks and displacements, figures of style, the categories of acting, rhythm and texture of movement.
Improvisation is the study of 'how to be' and 'how to act' on stage. For each improvisation you will find and develop your own ideas on a given theme, using imagination, expression and action.
Corporeal Mime has its own unique processes for creating theatre. The starting point and focus is the actor's body. During composition class you will learn how to make use of these processes to transform your ideas into refined theatrical expressions. Working solo, in duet and ensemble you will study themes such as:
・ how to reconstruct reality on stage
・ the phrasing of theatrical movement
・ the relationship between time and space
・ how to compose and direct physical theatre
・ the relationship between text and movement
・ use of music, props, costumes
The repertoire of Corporeal Mime contains pieces that date from the 1930s to the present day. By studying these pieces you will experience the diversity of styles and themes that can be expressed through Corporeal Mime. The repertoire is also a rich source of inspiration for your own creative journey.
● End-of-term and end-of-year performances
At various points in the school year you will have opportunities to present your work in front of an audience, here at the Flying Carpet Factory.
The curriculum includes lectures and demonstrations which will help to deepen your understanding of the historical and philosophical context of Corporeal Mime, and broaden your awareness as an artist.
● Event planning and management
Students will also have a chance to participate in the planning and management of events held at the Flying Carpet Factory. Through this you will gain practical know-how and experience that will support your development as an independent artist.
[ Course duration]
* This is a three year course but you are welcome to participate from a minimum of one month. Applications remain open throughout the year. It is generally possible to join part-way through a term - please contact us to discuss.
* If you are unable to commit to the full-time course, you can take part in our open lessons every weekday morning during term time, as well as the weekend workshops.
[ Course schedule]
The school year is made up of three terms each lasting 11 weeks.
Autumn term: October-December
Winter term: January-March
Spring term - April-June
[ Dates and times]
Classes are held every Monday to Friday during term time, from 10:00 to 14:00 (with a break mid-way). From 14:00 to 15:00 the studio is available to you for personal study.
* School events such as end-of-term performances may be held outside term-time.
[ Tuition fees ]
Admission fee: we are currently waiving the admission fee as part of a student recruitment campaign
Tuition fees: 315,000 yen per year (tax included)
* You can either make a one-off payment of 315,000 yen for the full year or pay in instalments (35,000 yen per calendar month or 105,000 yen per term).
[How to pay]
Payment can be made by cash or bank transfer (credit cards not accepted).
Please pay on the first day of the term, first school day of the month, or first day of your attendance - depending on the case. If you would like to make a bank transfer, please contact us.
We welcome anyone aged 18 or over. No prior experience is needed.
[Minimum enrolment ]
Minimum enrolment in the course is one month.
[How to apply]
If you are interested in joining the full-time course, please register free of charge for one of our open classes (weekdays from 10:00 to 11:30 during term time) using the reservation form. After the class there will be a chance to talk to us to discuss whether you wish to enrol in the full-time course. If you are unable to attend a trial class please contact us to explore alternatives.
[What to wear]
Please bring clothes that are easy to move in. Classes are taught using a mirror, so we recommend clothing that shows the lines of the body (i.e. not too baggy). For footwear we recommend bare feet or shoes with no heels such as jazz shoes.
The studio will be open 30 minutes before the class starts. Please allow enough time to get changed and ready before the class begins.
[How to get here]
Our address is:
FLYING CARPET FACTORY
2-17-8 Tamatsu, Higashinari-ku, Osaka 537-0023
Nearest stations: Tsuruhashi Station (JR Loop Line, Kintetsu Osaka Line) and Imazato Station (Osaka Metro Sennichimae Line)