Project Godie is a multi-platform exploration of the shared industrial, military and cultural heritage of the north east of England and Japan.
Over two years ago, Surface Area Dance Theatre’s director Nicole Vivien Watson began discussing Project Godie with researcher and co-producer Adam Denton. Now the pair embark upon the devising of a regionally specific creative endeavor which includes a fascinating and compelling dimension of international research. The starting point of which is Little Godie.
“As early as 1873, A Japanese acrobatic troupe,’Tanaker’s Japanese’, performed in Sunderland at the Victoria Hall. A rather poignant memorial of their stay in the north east of England can be found in Bishopwearmouth Cemetery in Sunderland where Godie the young son of the touring performers, was buried following an illness. His gravestone reads; "Here lies Little Godie, who died February 21, 1873. Aged 15 month, the only son of Omoterson and Godie, natives of Japan, members of Tannakers Japanese.This is the first Japanese monument erected in Great Britain”.
(Japan and the North East of England, From 1862 to the Present Day, Marie Conte-Helm, First published 1989 by the Althone Press Ltd)
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