Together, Kaori and Sébastien founded the company Tsurukam and participated in the elaboration and performance of all company pieces.
From Singapore to Paris
Kaori completed her classical training in Singapore Dance Academy. In Japan, at the Tokyo Ballet school and with Saboro Yokose.
From 1989 to 1996, she worked in Japan as a soloist performing classical repertoire and collaborating with various Japanese choreographers, as well as teaching ballet.
Since 1997, she has lived in Paris and has worked with Matthew Hawkins at the Royal Ballet, in London in “Angle and Exile” (back stage project), Carlotta Ikeda in “Rite of Spring” (buto), Karry Kamal Karry in “Siamois” and Jacky Auvray in “parenthèse” and “d’x”. She choreographed and performed in Philippe Dormoy and Valerie Jolly’s “Silence” (musical theatre). She also worked with the Cie Remue et Ménage (street theatre), “On Air” a collaboration between the Shayela company and the rock band the “Gunsof Brixton”. She worked for Tango music groupe Marina Cedro (musique, dance), she was choreographer, organisation for Japan tour.
She danced at the Paris Opéra and the Théâtre du Chatelet in operas directed by Ennosuke 3, Yannis Kokkos, La fure del baus, Micha Van Hoecke and Gilbert Deflo, Lee Blakeley.
She performed in Emir Kusturica’s “Le Temps des Gitans”, an opera /rock adaptation of his film, an acrobatic duet intended to bring a surrealist element to the drama.
Jazz, Ballet and Theatre
Sébastien studied dance with Françoise Raquin (Jazz) and Hélène Sadovska (ballet), and theatre with Yves Carlevaris. It was Roger Bergerin who gave him a sense of independence and originality by introducing him to tap and musical comedy. He continued to develop his artistic style alongside Yano Yatrides (contemporary dance) and Jaime Cortes (neutral mask). It was thanks to Alain Recoing (master of hand-puppets) and Christian Remer that he discovered the powerful dramatic art of puppetry.
He went on to create Kagome, and then in October 2010, to make Vilbrequin, a collaboration with JP Desrousseaux (a puppet parody based on the myth of Don Juan) which was performed as part of the Festival Again at the Theatre aux Mains Nues.
Sébastien continued his professional development, doing courses on Kabuki and No theatre with Master Kanze and Master Yamamoto, and on the theatricality of mouvement with Claire Hegen and Yves Marc.
In 2009, he travelled to Nagano to study the work of Hoichi Okamoto (Dondoro theatre).
In 2010 he learned about lighting design with JP Lescot, and in March 2011, Sébastien was able to learn from Nomura Mansai (Grand Master of Kyogen Theatre) on one of his rare visits to Paris. For several years, he has been teaching puppetry, assisting Alain Recoing with his basic puppetry classes at the Theatre aux Mains Nues, as well as teaching actors at the Atelier-Theatre d’Asnières, and more recently at the “Loup qui Zozotte” school in Chauvigny.