Performing ‘Readings’: The Interplay of Theatre And Digital Comics In Tezuka

Bremgartner, Mathias (2015). Performing ‘Readings’: The Interplay of Theatre And Digital Comics In Tezuka. Networking Knowledge, 8(4) Media Communications & Cultural Studies Association

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The article investigates the intriguing interplay of digital comics and live-action elements in a detailed performance analysis of TeZukA (2011) by choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. This dance theatre production enacts the life story of Osamu Tezuka and some of his famous manga characters, interweaving performers and musicians with large-scale projections of the mangaka’s digitised comics. During the show, the dancers perform different ‘readings’ of the projected manga imagery: e.g. they swipe panels as if using portable touchscreen displays, move synchronously to animated speed lines, and create the illusion of being drawn into the stories depicted on the screen. The main argument is that TeZukA makes visible, demonstrates and reflects upon different ways of delivering, reading and interacting with digital comics. In order to verify this argument, the paper uses ideas developed in comics and theatre studies to draw more specifically on the use of digital comics in this particular performance.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Theater Studies

Graduate School:

Graduate School of the Humanities (GSH)

UniBE Contributor:

Bremgartner, Mathias


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment




Media Communications & Cultural Studies Association




Mathias Bremgartner

Date Deposited:

26 Aug 2015 15:51

Last Modified:

26 Aug 2015 15:51




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