Mamoru Iriguchi

Originally trained as a zoologist, then as a theatre designer, Mamoru is now also a self-taught multimedia performance maker.

The performance works are rooted in his knowledge and experience in theatre design (set, costume and projection) as well as broad interests in 2D and 3D, gender and sexuality, parasitism and symbiosis, fairytales and evolution theories.

His solo pieces Pregnant?!, Into the Skirt (commissioned by Plateaux 2010, Mousonturm, Frankfurt), Journey from a Man to a Woman and a duo dance piece Projector/Conjector have toured in the UK and internationally to countries including Germany, Ireland, Portugal and the USA. Mamoru also makes short and intimate performances that have been shown in such diverse locations as the Victoria & Albert Museum and Brixton Market.

With his long-term performance collaborators, Nikki Tomlinson and Selina Papoutseli as dramaturgs, and Maria Garcia as co-costume designer, Mamoru is currently making One Man Show (commissioned by the Place Prize and also supported by the National Theatre Studio). The piece playfully depicts unique theatrical experiences. What starts as a one man show turns out to be a colourful ensemble as the result of real-time mutual communication between patrons, the performer and his döppelgangers.

Watch One Man Show on You Tube

His theatre design work includes Mincemeat (Cardboard Citizens, Best Design, Evening Standard Theatre Awards), The Wind in the Willows (Open Air Theatre Regents Park) and The Pink Bits (Mapping4D, Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Award). Forthcoming design projects include the opera Gloria: A Pig’s Tale (The Opera Group) to tour in the UK and abroad in 2014.

"… beautifully techno-cuckoo…charmingly dead-pan, witty and inventive."

Donald Hutera (The Times dance writer) on Projector/Conjector

"…as well as being absurdly hilarious, it's also very sweet."
Lyndsey Winship (Time Out dance editor) on Projector/Conjector

"the product of a joyously exuberant mind"

Josh Russell, ip1zine on Projector/Conjector

"Iriguchi’s wild imagination and rudimentary graphics could lead us anywhere..."

Peter Crawley, The Irish Times on PREGNANT?!

Photo by Mirko Blaufass

Photo by Mirko Blaufass

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