"Mahabharata" is a very long epic, so we will make all four trilogy, the first part will be produced in Cambodia in 2013 and performances tour in Vietnam. Artists from four Asian countries (Japan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia) will participate in the first part.

Hiroshi Comment
At the beginning of the 21th century, our world has been converging rapidly. However, we have not yet reached a wide cultural permeation yet. Nevertheless, we can never forget that culture is the basis of everything. Our future is closely linked to our culture.
Through the earthquake in 11th March, Western capitalism is at a dead end now. The Asian way of thought is important to our society. It forgoes the principle of competition and control, but promotes a principle of coexistence and cycles.
Mahābhārata is the most important interrelated element of philosophy in Southeast Asia and South Asia.
 Asian countries have been developing their original cultures through communicating with the world through the Silk Road.
The purpose of this project is to gain a new perspective by rediscovering what culture we have currently, and by taking lessons from the past, and to send messages through performances with the wish for a better world.

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Koyano Tetsuro

When he was a student of Tokai University majoring Music, he started Bali dance along with studying about sound scape. Then he went to Art College of Indonesia to study abroad with a scholarship from the government of Indonesia. He studied under the best contemporary dancer in Indonesia and at the same time got inspired of spiritual philosophy there. In 2006, he stayed in USA with the support of Asian Cultural Council. He participated in Pappa TARAHUMARA’s productions such as “Gulliver and Swift”, “Punk Don Quixote”, “SNOW WHITE”. He appeared in chapter 1 of "Mahabharata" in 2013, chapter 2 of "Mahabharata" in 2014.

Sachiko Sirai

She started ballet when she was 7 years old. From 1982, she belonged to ballet school. She studied under Asami Maki. Graduated from Nippon Woman Sport University. Studied pantomime under Junzo Ohta. From1989, she joined Pappa TARAHUMARA.Since then, she participated almost all of performances of it in Japan and abroad. She played the role of Cinderella in "Cinderella", the role of second sister in "Three Sisters", and the role of stepmother in "Snow White". She joined performances in 35 countries, and her performances have received recognition all over the world.

Phone Sopheap

Phon Sopheap studied Lakhaon Kaol (Cambodian male masked dance) and completed his training in 2000 and has toured internationally as a classical dancer. With a strong interest in contemporary dance, Sopheap joined numerous regional dance workshops including the Young Choreographer’s Workshop in Surabaya in July 2006 as an Asian Cultural Council recipient where he created his first contemporary solo work entitled A Monkey’s Mask. Since then, Sopheap has toured internationally in works by Emmanuèle Phuon, Peter Chin and Arco Renz and was recently a featured performer in a new work of dance theater at Theater Aachen entitled Tomorrow Maybe by German director Ludger Engels. From Amrita Performing Arts

Chumvan Sodhachivy(Belle)

Chumvan Sodhachivy (Belle) began training in Cambodian classical dance in 1994 focusing mainly on the male role of the all female classical court form but is also proficient in Cambodian folk dance and shadow puppetry. Eager to develop her contemporary creative skills, Belle was accepted into Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center 2006 International Summer Arts Program. Since then, Belle has participated in numerous contemporary dance workshops around the world and has been a featured dancer in works by Emmanuèle Phuon, Peter Chin, Arco Renz and others which have toured internationally. Belle has choreographed many of her own works and most recently was a featured dancer in Stravinsky’s Persephone directed by Peter Sellars at the Teatro Real in Madrid. From Amrita Performing Arts

Khon Chansithika(Mo)


Khon Chansithika began his training in Lakhaon Kaol (Cambodian classical male masked dance) in 2002, focusing on the role of the monkey and completed his training in 2011. Throughout his studies, Mo performed extensively with the Sovanna Phum Khmer Association, an independent dance and puppetry theater in Phnom Penh where he was given numerous opportunities to participate in contemporary dance workshops. Mo was a featured performer in new works by Khmer / French choreographer Emmanuèle Phuon and Indonesian artist Eko Supriyanto and has toured throughout Southeast Asia and most recently was a featured dancer in Stravinsky’s Persephone directed by Peter Sellars at the Teatro Real in Madrid From Amrita Performing Arts

Khiev Sovannarith (Tonh)

He started training in Lakhaon Khaol (Cambodian male masked dance) in 1991 at the Secondary School of Fine Arts, graduating in 2000. He furthered his studies at the Faculty of Choreographic Arts of the Royal University of Fine Arts in 2005 and graduated in 2011. During the course of his studies, he performed extensively in both classical and contemporary works. He was also trained in Khmer traditional martial arts. He has been featured in numerous works by Amrita Performing Arts including Revitalising Monkeys and Giants by Pichet Klunchun, Khmeropedies III by Emmanuèle Phuon, as well as a new Cambodian play Breaking the Silence by Annemarie Prins.

Lee Swee Keong

Swee keong studies different techniques and philosophies including Buddism, Taoism, Yoga, Qi Gong , Contemporary Dance and Butoh. He is an artistic director and the founder of nyoba Kan, Malaysia’s only Butoh dance company, and organizing ""nyoba Kan Butoh festival Kuala Lumpur"". He is regular nominee and winner of 'The Cameronian Arts Awards '( Malaysia performing Arts Awards ). His creation included The Curse of fobidden Palace, Catan Kulit , The Green Snake and etc. Also he has been invited and performed oversea such as , .North West American Asian Arts programme ( USA ) .Pappa TARAHUMARA ( Japan ) .Unlock Dancing Plaza ( Hong kong China ) .Cie Heddy Maleen , europe tour ( France ) and etc.


Director / Screenplay / Choreography / composition



Kensuke Fujii


Say Tola

Mask Designer

I Wayan Tanggu


Loh Kok Man

Costume Designer



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· July 2013 Asia Tour (Cambodia · Vietnam)