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// Professional background

Beniko arrived in Portugal in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in craft design from TAMA university of art in Tokyo, a diploma on Glassmaking and a deep love for all things light and reflections. 
She very quickly fell in love with the light of Lisbon and decided to stay and complement her formation in the Advanced Course of Fine arts of Ar.Co(art and visual communication centre in  Lisbon). 
It was a natural step to combine the acquired knowledge and her great passion for oriental cultures - both its artistic and spiritual side - in order to develop different forms of performing arts. Beniko Tanaka has held many collaborations, shows and performances of Japanese shadow puppetry in solo and in collaboration with various institutions.


// Performances & Theaters


“Mr. Japoneira” , “Dream bread” Shadow puppet at Marionette Museum / Lisbon, Portugal
“Mr. Japoneira” Shadow puppet  at Tsubaki primary school / Tokyo, Japan
“Namban-Jin” Shadow puppet at Premier KUBO Universal film animation, Cinema centro comercial Colombo / Lisbon
Adaptation & Interpretation for japanese artists at Festival SOA, Doc Lisboa and Banda Dongara / Lisbon and O Porto
“HAIKU night” organization & presentation / Lisbon, Portugal
“Mother fortress” Shadow puppet & Performance at A Salto festival / Elvas, Portugal
Hostess of “ Japan Festival in Lisbon” – sponsored by Japan embassy / Lisbon, Portugal
“Moonlight Princess” Shadow puppet at EI Marionetas Festival / Gondomar, Portugal 

“KASSAKO JIZÔ” Shadow puppet at Espaço Zero / Lisbon, Portugal

“Namban-Jin” Shadow puppet - Camellia exhibition at Casa de Serralves / Porto, Portugal


KassakoJizo – Shadow puppet at Marionette Museum / Lisbon, Portugal
Dreamy bread- shadow puppet at Aterier Minomushi / Kyoto, Japan
Queen Isabel shadow puppet for Luso-Japan / Osaka, Japan
Dreamy bread shadow puppet at Yakumodai primary school / Tokyo, Japan
Queen Isabel shadow puppet at Puk pura theater / Tokyo, Japan
CLARALUA shadow puppet at Lisbon Marionette museum / Lisbon, Portugal
Mr. Japoneira shadow puppet at Porto city of Camellia / Porto, Portugal


Festival de Japão em Lisboa presented by Embassy of Japan  / Belém, Portugal
Shadow theater Rainha Santa Isabel at Atelier Minomushi / Kyoto, Japan
Festival da Marionetta IIDA / Nagano, Japan
Memoria d’acqua recordando lo Tsunami at Forte Marghera / Venice, Italy
Chiaraluna shadow puppet theater at Teatro Frari / Venice, Italy
Opera Brundibar shadow puppet theater at Palazzo Grimani  / Venice, Italy


Opera Don Giovanni shadow puppet at Telecom Future Center / Venice, Italy
Shitakiri suzume with Japanese Marionette Theater Minomushi / Lisbon, Porto, Évora ,Portugal
Magic laundry line with Amazing marionette / Stockholm, Sweden
Deep Blue Bird at Roundabout / Lisbon, Portugal
Encontro International Marionetas / Montemor o novo, Portugal
Chasing at Teatro Gioco Vita workshop / Piacenza, Italy
Festival de Japão em Lisboa presented by Embassy of Japan  / Belém, Portugal
Shadow theater BumBlueBee at Lycée Français Charles Le Pierre/ Lisbon, Portugal
Monkeysoup Shaka shadows and performance at Guilherme Cossoul/ Lisbon, Portugal


Gueixa na Igreja at KYUBIC cllective / Lisbon, Portugal
Shadow Theater Nichiyoubi at Festival Lisboa Mistura / Lisbon, Portugal
Shadow Theater A Garça at Lycée Français Charles Le Pierre/ Lisbon, Portugal
Performance Linking birds at Bacalhoeiro / Lisbon, Portugal
Festival de Japão em Lisboa presented by Embassy of Japan  / Belém, Portugal
Performance BLUE MEDIA at Atelier Concorde/ Lisbon, Portugal
Performance&Shadow theater BumBlueBee at Quebra Costas/ Lisbon Portugal


// Solo&Group Exhibitions


Taketori monogatari
printings / Castelfranco,Italy


Playing Calligraphy at Cafe Tati / Lisbon, Portugal
3 escritos at LeYa na Barata / Lisbon, Portugal


KYUBIC collective artists exhibition / Lisbon, Portugal
Acervo at Atelier Concorde / Lisbon, Portugal


Drawings of models at one day Gallery / Lisbon, Portugal
Fellows and Finalists of Ar.Co at Palácio da Gaiveias / Lisbon, Portugal


Gallery Secro Novo / Lisboa, Portugal


Open Studio 09, Ar.Co at Quinta de S. Miguel / Almada, Portugal


// Workshops


Bow-wow puppets at Nacional museum of science and history of nature in Lisbon / Lisbon, Portugal
Mascara e Dança with animation at Museu da Marioneta em lisboa / Lisbon, Portugal


Brincadeiras Japonesas at Museu do Oriente / Lisbon, Portugal
Talk_Portuguese Marionettes / Nagano, Japan  


Origami ROSE / Cascais, Portugal
Origami PoP e Singing Japanese! / Lisbon, Portugal


Lanterna com papéis at LARGO residência / Lisbon, Portugal
Teatro das sombras at Museu da Marioneta / Lisbon Portugal
Songs and hand gestures at Lycée Français Charles le Pierre / Lisbon Portugal


Origami POP! at Santos POP / Lisbon, Portugal


What my hands teach me at Eclipse Art / Lisbon, Portugal


// Books & Work in translation

Translation in Japanese for “Do Japão para Alentejo” by Tiago Salgueiro


// Education / Academic Background


Shadows and new media - Teatro Gioco Vita / Piacenza, Italy

2008 – 2010

Advanced Courses in Visual Arts of Ar.Co – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual / Lisbon, Portugal

2006 – 2008

Drawing Course of Ar.Co – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual / Lisbon, Portugal

2005 – 2006

Portuguese language course of University of Lisbon / Portugal

1996 – 2000

3D Design, Art and Craft design of TAMA Art university / Tokyo, Japan