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Tadashi Kato 


I am a visual artist and designer. I was educated at Setsu Mode Seminar Fashion Illustration Arts School –Tokyo, Japan between 1986 -1989 gaining a Diploma in Illustration.


I moved to London in 1991. 


In 1995 I worked as a Design Facilitator on Wyan Gulat – Balinese performance event at the South Bank Centre for the London International Festival of Theatre - LIFT ’95.


I was an artist facilitator and maker on the artist team working with other artists and secondary school students in Stockwell for Factory of Dreams site-specific performance. Group F. Brockwell Park Out of LIFT ’96.


My other design work in London included individual costume commissions.


In 2005 I relocated to Ireland. My design work in Ireland includes:


Helium Theatre Company as a designer maker on Bed Story (2008)


Tallaght Youth Theatre Year 3K in 2009


Since 2010 I have worked with Tallaght Community Arts on a number of projects:


Fields of Dreams 2010 a site-specific project involving 400 participants. Trashcatchers 2011 a celebratory midsummer event with a community group.


Since 2010, I have been lead designer for UNWRAPPED an annual winter festival site-specific performance event in Tallaght working with other artists and with up to 300 community participants.


I designed the bird headdresses for Flock, a site-specific dance piece by Aoife Courtney at The Big House Festival  at Carton House (2013)

I was designer and maker of the Kamishibai (Japanese paper theatre) for Message In A Bottle international arts exchange project 2012 with Tallaght Community Arts, Project Phakama (London) and The Source Arts Centre Thurles. (2012)


I have worked with The Source Arts Centre in Thurles since July 2013 for their annual Summer Projects designing and facilitating young peoples designs for performance.



I was design consultant for choreographer Ríonach Ní Néill’s new work, AMU at the Civic Theatre Tallaght as part of the Dublin Dance Festival (2014).


I was designer and costume maker for AERIDHEACHT – Talking The Air, Tallaght Community Arts 1916 Centenary project at the OPW/Pearse Museum. (2016)


During 2017 I worked with Door to Elsewhere Performance Ensemble ( a group of disabled performers ) to design a forest installation and costumes for Can’t See The Wood For The Trees (work in progress); the ensemble’s contemporary response to the Red Riding Hood story.  This work will be more fully realised in January 2018 by an installation /performance at Rua Red, South Dublin County Arts Centre.


My performance design interests include working in paper as a part of a Japanese tradition of paper cuts and exploring the design potential of recycled materials.

Face mask, Japanse face mask, Kao Masuku

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