Image from Hiroaki Umeda’s New Work-in-Progress (2020)
Avant-garde digital performance probing audience-artist interaction
Internationally acclaimed Japanese choreographer and multi-disciplinary avant-garde artist Hiroaki Umeda returns – virtually – with his latest work in progress. A follow-up to With/out Umeda (2020), devised in response to cancellations of in-person performances, this work continues his exploration of new possibilities for audience-artist interactions in a post-COVID world.
Taking psychology, cognitive science and gaming technologies like AR and eye-tracking as his starting points, Umeda invites us to ponder what is most relevant for our own body’s experience, whether online or physical, real or virtual, micro or macro, individual or collective.
Umeda joins us online from Tokyo for a post-performance panel discussion and Q&A session.
The post-performance panel discussion will be conducted in English
Live-stream: 29 September 2021 (Wednesday)
On-demand: 6–8 October 2021 (Wednesday–Friday)
Performance and panel discussion approximately 1 hour without intermission
Tickets available from the online ticketing system POPTICKET from 22 June 2021 (Tuesday) at 10:00am. There is a handling fee of $10 per ticket.
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Photo by: Aya Tarumi
Choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Hiroaki Umeda is recognised as one of the leading figures of the Japanese avant-garde art scene.
Since the launch of his company S20, Umeda has toured internationally to audience and critic acclaim and is acknowledged for his strong digital background, holistic artistic methodology, and for incorporating physical, optical, sensorial and spatiotemporal components. His interest in choreographing time and space has also led to work as a composer, lighting designer, scenographer and visual artist.
Solo works such as Adapting for Distortion (2008), Haptic (2008), Holistic Strata (2011) and split flow (2013) combine digital imagery, minimal soundscape and potent corporeality, and have transfixed audiences at major festivals and theatres worldwide. In the choreographic project “Superkinesis” (2009–2019) Umeda worked with dancers of distinct physical backgrounds to explore kinetic languages and the environment. Since 2010, Umeda has created installations exploring optical illusion and physical immersion. A series of works combining visual and physical sensation earned him the Prix Ars Electronica, Honorary Mention, in 2010. In 2014, Umeda launched the “Somatic Field Project” to nurture young dancers and develop his movement method “Kinetic Force Method”.
Umeda is appointed the first choreographer of their new choreographer system at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1 from 2022.
13.11.2021 to 20.11.2021, The Box, Freespace