Spare Parts stalwart dies

SPARE Parts founding puppeteer, and former artistic director, Noriko Nishimoto has died aged 75.

The Japanese/Australian puppeteer had been a driving force at Spare Parts for 30 years, and gathered numerous awards for her work, including international honours by UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette in 2008 and 2012).

• Noriko Nishimoto

• Noriko Nishimoto

Nishimoto was also declared a WA Living Treasure for her contribution to the art of puppeteering.

A deeply private person, few knew of her illness and the death rocked Spare Parts, which posted: “She was such a vibrant part of the world of Spare Parts and the arts community in WA.

“…Keep an eye out for any of us that may require support as they adjust to life without Noriko.”

Nishimoto requested there be no funeral, but a commemoration of her life will be held in Fremantle at a venue and date to be confirmed.

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