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Shizuka Hariu

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


Shizuka Hariu is a interdisciplinary designer between scenography and architecture. She is co-director of SHSH ARCHITECTURE + SCENOGRAPHY. She is also a member of the Society of the British Theatre Designers and Japan Association of Theatre Designers and Technicians.

Recently, she designed the exhibition and lighting design for the epic architectural exhibition Sensing Spaces, which was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She has also debuted her scenography design for Cloud/Crowd at the New National Theatre in Tokyo.

Main Works
She has designed for a wide variety of stage productions throughout Europe, primarily in Belgium, UK and in Japan. She specialises in design for contemporary dance, her designs were seen in Réflexions sur la Table Verte (Olga de Soto), Kunsten Festival Centre 2012 (Kunstenfestivaldesarts), Pénombre (Rosalba Torres, Les ballets C de la B), Compil d’Avril (Charleroi Danses), LoveLoveRobot (Yasuyuki Endo, Star Dancers Ballet), Closer (Deep Blue), Kaku (Maha Works), Hopscotch (Rabbit Hole Collective), City:Zen (Shobana Jeyasingh), View Masters (Rebecca September) and Sacred Monsters (Akram Khan Company and Sylvie Guillem) which performed with glowing reviews internationally. These productions have premiered and toured in venues such as Sadler’s Wells and The Place theatre in London, La Monnaie Opera House and Beursschouwburg in Brussels, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Centre Pompidou in Paris, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, HAU2 in Berlin 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 Trout Stanley (Matt Steinberg). Earlier in her career she assisted the Belgian scenographer Jan Versweyveld for the opera I Due Foscari and for Bitches Brew (Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/Rosas).

Shizuka Hariu won the D&AD Pencil Award for the exhibition design work and she was also nominated for the Kisaku Ito New Theatre Design Award by JATDT in Japan for scenography works. She obtained architectural awards, including Morlanwelz Library, Sakata Crematorium in collaboration with SHAA and many others. She was awarded grants from the Japanese Government and the POLA Arts Foundation.