Company Derashinera

Company Derashinera was formed by Shuji Onodera in 2008. Its theater works, full of physicality based on mimes, has attracted attention across generations. Besides activities in Japan, Company Derashinera has performed so many places around the world including Vietnam, Thailand, U.S.A, France, Spain, and so on.
In addition, we are actively working on approaches to the next generation such as performances in elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools.
There are also many performances in places outside the theater such as open air, art museums and art festivals.

Shuji Onodera

Director, 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)” from 1995-2006. After that, he stayed in France for 1 year as a trainee member of Artist Overseas Training System of Cultural Agency. He formed 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”.

He was selected as a Japan Cultural Envoy in 2015.

Momoko Fujita

Born in Kochi, Japan, Momoko Fujita learned mimes at Mime Institute of Japan. She was a member of “Performance Theater Mizu To Abura (Water and oil)” formed by Shuji Onodera et al. From 1995-2006. After forming Company Derashinera in 2008, she performed in all works or participated as an assistant director. Her major performances in recent years include RooTS Vol. 4 “Ano Oogarasu Saemo” in 2016 with Satomi Kobayashi and Hairi Katagiri as three-man show, “Alice in a Wonderland”, “Don Quixote”, “Keep It Simple -Mitate” (above directed by Shuji Onodera), “Howling” (choreographed by Shigeta Ide), etc.

Yusuke Oba

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yusuke Oba started acting while in university. He belonged to theater company Seinendan from 2001-2005 and theater company Chiten from 2005-2011. He is a member of Company Derashinera from 2019. His major performances in recent years include “Karamazov’s brothers”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Don Quixote”, “Keep It Simple -Mitate” (above directed by Shuji Onodera), etc. In addition, he performed as a guest in such as SPAC (Shizuoka Performing Arts Center) “Interior” (directed by Claude Régy), “The Metamorphosis” (directed by Shuji Onodera), Tokyo Death Rock, etc.

Rina Sakiyama

Born in Ishikawa, Japan, Rina Sakiyama began modern dance from an early age. At the university, she works on contemporary dance. After graduation, she studied Butoh with Yukio Waguri. She is a member of Company Derashinera from 2019. Her major performances in recent years include “Romeo and Juliet”, “La Dame aux Camélias”, Contemporary Noh Collection IX “Taketori”, “Keep It Simple -Mitate” (above directed by Shuji Onodera), etc. In addition, solo performance “12:47” was performed at Roppongi Art Night 2018. She has been in charge of choreography for RooTS Vol. 4 “Ano Oogarasu Saemo”.

Shuji Onodera's 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


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