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Shiro Takatani/Dumb Type “Tangent”

Do the things you see on the stage really exist? A stage production which playfully combines art, science, and technology, exploring the line between the ordinary and extraordinary.


The latest work of the acclaimed Japanese interdisciplinary artist will reach the stages of Europe. “Tangent” reveals the extraordinariness to be found within the ordinary and cleverly blurs the boundaries of perception.


European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 and Kanuti Gildi SAAL are proud to present the European premiere, taking place on the 4th and 5th of June 2024, and the first new stage work in eight years by Shiro Takatani to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the world-renowned multidisciplinary arts collective Dumb Type. “Tangent” premiered in February 2024 in Kyoto.

Tangent is the first performing arts work created by Shiro Takatani as a solo artist since ST/LL in 2015. The work explores the theme of the liminal space: the extraordinary within the ordinary, the strange realm where two contrasting elements coexist simultaneously. Rooted in the interrelationality of art, science, and technology, this is a serene, beautiful, and dramatic stage work that deftly transcends the border between the visual and performing arts.

The Japanese media artist Shiro Takatani is known for pioneering fresh possibilities in the performing arts scene. He is the co-founder and core member of the legendary Japanese artist collective Dumb Type which was founded in 1984. He has been the artistic director of Dumb Type since 1995 and has also had an active solo career since 1998.

The works by Dumb Type have been exhibited and performed at notable venues internationally, such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, Centre Pompidou, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. In 2022, Dumb Type represented Japan at the 59th Venice Biennale.

Takatani has created several installations and so far he also created and directed three theatre and dance performances: La chambre claire (2008), CHROMA (2012), and ST/LL (2015). Among others, he has collaborated with the Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and Japan’s leading visual and sound artist Ryoji Ikeda.

The collaboration between Dumb Type, Tartu, and Kanuti Gildi SAAL began in 2003 when the only Dumb Type performance in Estonia so far took place at the Vanemuine Theatre.


The European premiere of the remarkable artist’s new production is a major event for both Estonian and international culture enthusiasts.