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  • Posted 22 June 2016
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    Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker


    Directed by Toco Nikaido

    Orchestrated by Tokyo-based artist and pop-idol Toco Nikaido, this is Japanese subculture conveyed in all its multi-coloured, cacophonous, frenetic glory.


    The audience are equipped with a rain poncho and earplugs as twenty-five performers swarm the stage at breakneck speed, armed with an abundance of disposable props and subcultural references. In a frenzied homage to otagei, (ritualised dancing and chanting by groups of fans) this riotous company hurtle towards a festival-like finale that invites everyone to take part.

    This 45-minute plunge into Japanese celebrity mania is like a cross between reality TV, Les Mis and a toddlers’ food fight

    ★ ★ ★ ★


    Imagine the entire Glastonbury festival, except it’s compacted into 30 minutes and everyone is Japanese. Maybe.

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    Time Out

    'The most WTF show of the year'

    ★ ★ ★ ★

    Time Out

    Bursting with berserk energy, one crazy night out to remember


    Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker is presented by LIFT and the Barbican.
    Supported by The Japan Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.
    A House on Fire project, supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.
    Images — @Cyclone_A