Small collection of items related to the Tenjo Sajiki Japanese avant-garde theater troupe co-founded by Shuji Terayama, Kujo Kyoko, Yutaka Higashi, Tadanori Yokoo, and Fumiko Takagi, including: Tenjo Sajiki: A Laboratory of Play, an 8-pp. English-language booklet containing a history of the troupe, some brief essays on the troupe's development and position in Japan, notes and reviews on performance, and a profile of Terayama, with insert describing the participants and crew, pages 3/4 and 5/6 loose from staples but present, square 4to., original stapled wrpps. with gold-leaf accents, some creasing; together with two issues of Chika Engeki, the Japanese theoretical periodical for radical underground and international experimental theater and music, put out by Tenjo Sajiki, comprising nos. 5 and 6 (1972 and 1973), no. 5 with an item on Terayama, illustrated throughout from photographs and drawings, with original large envelope mailed to Tjeerd Deelstra in Rotterdam by Terayama in 1974. Tokyo, 1972-1973.
The Tenjo Sajiki troupe was led by Shuji Terayama and was active between 1967 and 1983, until Terayama's death. A major force on the Japanese underground theater scene, known as Angura, the group's works were notable for their experimentalism, social provocation, eroticism, fantasy, influences of Japanese folklore, and spontaneous form of performance. Part theater, part staged event, part happening, Terayama claimed his works were "all of these things and none of them at the same time".
A scarce grouping; as of September 2021, OCLC does not locate holdings of any of these items in North American collections.
Book ID: 51595