Shizuka Hariu is a Japanese scenographer and spatial designer. She is co-director of SHSH ARCHITECTURE + SCENOGRAPHY. Her scenography describes the relationship between concrete and imaginary space based on her acute understanding of architectural environments.
Recently, Shizuka designed the scenography and lighting for the exhibition Sensing Spaces, which was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She has also debuted her scenography design for Cloud/Crowd at the New National Theatre Tokyo.
Shizuka has designed for a wide variety of stage productions throughout Europe, primarily in Belgium, UK and in Japan. She specialises in design for contemporary dance, her designs were seen in Réflexions sur la Table Verte (Olga de Soto), Kunsten Festival Centre 2012 (Kunstenfestivaldesarts), Pénombre (Rosalba Torres, Les ballets C de la B), Compil d’Avril (Charleroi Danses), LoveLoveRobot (Yasuyuki Endo, Star Dancers Ballet Tokyo), Closer (Deep Blue), Kaku (Maha Works), Hopscotch (Rabbit Hole Collective), City:Zen (Shobana Jeyasingh), View Masters (Rebecca September) and Sacred Monsters (Akram Khan Company and Sylvie Guillem) which performed with glowing reviews internationally. These productions have premiered and toured in venues such as Sadler’s Wells and the Place theatre in London, La Monnaie Opera House and Beursschouwburg in Brussels, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Centre Pompidou in Paris, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, HAU2 in Berlin and many others. Her works have since extended to Benjamin Britten’s opera production, A Time There Was (Frederic Wake- Walker), and the theatre production Trout Stanley (Matt Steinberg). Earlier in her career she assisted the Belgian scenographer Jan Versweyveld for the opera I Due Foscari and for Bitches Brew (Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/Rosas).
Shizuka was a finalist for World Stage Design 2013 and won the 1st prize for the public scenography competition of Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2012. Together with her office SHSH, she also won the public architecture competition Construction of the New Library in Morlanwelz in Belgium. She was awarded a fellowship from the Japanese Government Agency for Cultural Affairs between 2002 and 2004, a grant from POLA Arts Foundation in 2005 and various design awards including the Tokyo Design Centre Award and Mainichi Published DAS Design.