Director, performer, leader of Company Derashinera.
Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Shuji Onodera learned mimes at Mime Institute of Japan. He was a member of “Performance Theater Mizu To Abura (Water and oil)” in 1995-2006. After that, he stayed in France for 1 year as a trainee member of Artist Overseas Training System of Cultural Agency. He established Company Derashinera after returning to Japan in 2008. He has attracted attention across generations in its own production based on the movement of the mimes.
He has won awards including the 3rd Japan Dance Forum Award and Best Staff Award of the 18th Yomiuri Theater Award.
His major productions in recent years include RooTS Vol. 4 “Ano Oogarasu Saemo” (2016 / Tokyo Metropolitan Theater etc.), “Alice in a Wonderland” (2017 / New National Theater Tokyo), Contemporary Noh Collection IX ” Taketori (2018 / Setagaya Theater Tram etc.), Yokohama Dance Collection 2019 “Keep It Simple -Mitate” (2019 / Yokohama Noge Schale), etc.
In addition, at the Setouchi Triennale 2013, he has been actively working on performances that do not stay in the theater, such as presenting an outdoor play “Mermaid”.