The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 13, 2020 at V&A London

Shizuka Hariu

Gallery Images

  • Sacred Monsters (amphitheatres)
  • Cloud / Crowd
  • Sensing Spaces


Dr. Shizuka Hariu is an interdisciplinary spatial designer. Her scenography describes the relationship between concrete and imaginary space, based on her acute understanding of architectural environments. Recently, she won the prestigious awards, including the World Stage Design 2017, D&AD Award in London and German Design Award. She received fellowships from POLA Art Foundation and Japanese Government Cultural Affairs.

She is also a co-director of the SHSH ARCHITECTURE + SCENOGRAPHY since 2009. She is a member of the SBTD / Society of British Theatre Designers and the JATDT / Japan Association of Theatre Designers and Technicians.

She has designed for a wide variety of dance productions, such as Akram Khan Company, Sylvie Guillem, Nitin Sawhney, Wang & Ramirez, Thierry De Mey, Charleroi Danses, Robert Binet, Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf, Les Ballet C de la B, Japon Dance Project, Bristol Old Vic, Jubilee Opera, Kunstenfestivaldesarts and many others throughout Europe, primarily in UK, Belgium and Japan. These productions have premiered and toured in venues, including Sadler’s Wells, The Place, La Monnaie Opera House, Vooruit, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre de la Ville, Les theatre de la ville Luxembourg, Centre Pompidou, Sydney Opera House, New National Theatre Tokyo, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, HAU2 and many others.
Her works have since extended to Benjamin Britten’s opera production A Time There Was (Frederic Wake- Walker), and the theatre production Medea (George Mann / Bristol Old Vic). She is invited to design for several new opera productions, including George Benjamin’s Written On Skin (maestro Kazushi Ono) in Japan and France in 2019 and 2020.

She was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts in London for the exhibition Sensing Spaces, as well as, the exhibition Timeless Beauty at Gallo-Roman Museum in Belgium and as a finalist Fear & Love at the Design Museum in London.
Alongside the aforementioned productions, her works were presented as a finalist at the World Stage Design 2017 and 2013, PQ 2015 and Make/Believe at V&A. She has also been invited to various exhibitions, for instance Next Theatre Architecture in the Prague Quadrennial 2011 and SBTD exhibition Transformation & Revelation: UK Design for Performance.