June Fukumura is a Japanese-Canadian theatre maker based in Vancouver. By day she is a polite, well-mannered theatre artist and by night she is her dark humoured, hyper kawaii, raunchy clown alter-ego, SUMIKO. Sumiko dices, slices, and blends up Japanese stereotypes and serves up a zany, East-meets-West comedy about Life, Death, and Love. Catch Sumiko's Fringe debut show My Name is SUMIKO at The Vancouver Fringe Festival this September!
Fukumura’s energy is almost superhuman. While some may describe it as pixie-like, that word doesn’t give nearly enough credit to the herculean strength with which her performance hurtles the audience into the darkest part of their psyche, and then with a joke, a laugh, and an “Oh my gah,” deftly pulls them back. My Name is Sumiko is a balancing act, a place where humour and darkness flow seamlessly together to create an experience that is deeply uncomfortable and gut bustingly funny. - Emily Chou https://www.sadmag.ca/blog/2019/9/8/my-name-is-sumiko-like-a-childrens-play-but-for-adult-fringers
I would watch this show ten times if I could just to see her work the crowd. So in the moment it seems nothing could go wrong. She works the crowd like a master. Can’t wait to see more from this brilliant performer. She is a gateway Clown for folks who are afraid of clowns[...]bringing charm to a whole new level and sparking more joy than a thousand life coaches on a bullet train to comedy heaven.... or something even BETTER!!! - Jacques Lalonde Coop Radio (☆☆☆☆☆)
You have the sense that you might be witnessing something historic, a kind of miracle that only comes along every couple of years. You are in possession of a secret that won’t be secret for much longer. That’s how I feel every time I see June Fukumura 's gonzo alter ego, Sumiko. Catch it while you can. - Tetsuro Shigematsu
Fukumura brings so much charm, energy, and over the top silliness to her performance.
Subversive, silly, sexual, philosophical, political - very satisfying show.
My Name is SUMIKO
Fringe @ What Lab (1814 Pandora St.)
Sept. 5th - 6:45pm *1/2 price
Sept. 7th - 5:00pm
Sept. 8th - 8:30pm
Sept. 11th - 6:45pm
Sept. 12th - 8:30pm
Sept.14th - 3:15pm
Sept. 15th - 8:30pm
My Name is SUMIKO a new clown performance created by New(to)Town Collective premiering at the Vancouver Fringe Festival! My Name is SUMIKO interweaves clown turns, J-Pop tunes, and Japanese variety show games into an unstoppably zany, East-meets-West comic experience. Sumiko invites the audience into her dark, twisted, and magical world where she meets Death, falls in Love, and battles her inner demons. My Name is SUMIKO is a delightful exorcism of our deepest fears, shame, and taboos.
Undōkai an interactive game show with SumikoSaturday August 3
Noon - 12:30pm
Demo Area (Dunlevy and Alexander St.)
Undōkai or sports day is a family friendly, interactive variety game show hosted by June Fukumura. Audience will be invited to play a series of hilarious classic Japanese games and win some wacky prizes! The audience can simply watch, they can compete with one another, or they can even challenge one of the clowns who will be playing with them!
Photo credit: Lindsay Elliott for Lindsay's Diet