Company Derashinera

Formed by Shuji Onodera, as his self-unit, in 2008.

Shuji Onodera

Director, performer, leader of Company Derashinera.

Formed the group “Performance Theatre Water and Oil” in 1995.
Since then he has been in charge of the production of all performances.
Until March 2006, the group performed in twenty-two cities of nine foreign countries and in twenty-two cities in Japan.
In addition to Water and Oil activities, He has been engaged in music video production and choreography for movies.

History until formatting Company Derashinera


Entered Mime Institute of Japan and started training in mime.


Formed the group Water and Oil at the Performance Theater


  • Performance at Avignon, France
  • Performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe of 2000
  • Nominated for the Total Theatre Award 2000 of the Dance & Physical Theatre
  • Won thee Best Prize at Tokyo Millennium Arts Festival


  • Soup performance at the Teatropolis International Festival of Theatre Arts
  • The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2001.”The Herald Angel Award”
  • Cellophane Singular tour in October to Rome, Cairo, Paris, le Trois Mime en Champagne, and Moncalieri, Italy


  • Was invited to the Brighton-festival in U.K. and toured England. The cities on the tour were Brighton, Newbury, and East Rey.
  • Soup performance in Italy at the Civitanova Danza 2002
  • Invited to perform in New York City


  • a new mime performance 4×4 at the New National Theatre
  • World tour of Cellophane Singular performance in Korea, Belgium, France, Australia, and Thailand
  • The Asahi Performing Arts Award sponsored by The Asahi Shinbun Shuji Terayama Award and Kirin Dance Support


  • The U.S. tour. Performance in New York City, Middlebury, and Seattle, Washington.
  • Performance at the Aoyama Dance biennale of the Cliff


  • Performance at the New National Theatre of the new work the Law of Movement
  • Performance at the Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan. Production the Event of the Future
    at the Toyota Group Pavilion


  • March the last performance by Water and Oil
  • Since September residing in Paris as a Department of Culture New artists overseas research fellow


Organize Company Derashinera
photo © Jun Ishikawa