In addition to the characteristic elements of light and sound in his previous works, Hiroaki Umeda’s new piece Holistic Strata introduces a new system built around a key component of ‘physical data’ generated by the dancer’s body movements.
A further leap forward from Umeda’s tried and tested concept of treating light, sound and the human body as equivalent means of expression on stage, Holistic Strata revolves around the body as a complex cluster of information that configures actual spaces. Umeda’s body data (movements of muscles and locomotion coordinates) is manipulated with the help of sensing technology and results in the creation of a scenery that integrates dance, sound, and intensely blinking light. Based on this system of freely generated imagination, Holistic Strata proposes ‘dance’ as a spatial expression, while highlighting the criticality of our perception.
Choreography/Dance: Hiroaki Umeda
Image Direction: S20
Image Programing: S20, Satoru Higa, Yoshito Onishi
System Design: Satoru Higa, Yoshito Onishi
Sound Design: Satoshi Hama (YCAM), S20
Lighting Design: Fumie Takahara (YCAM), S20
Costume Design: Ryoko Katayama
Sensing Engineer: Yoshito Onishi, Richi Owaki (YCAM)
Video Engineer: Richi Owaki (YCAM)
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On 29 September Hiraoki Umada is going to perform Holistic strata at Todaysart festival in Brussels: www.todaysart.org.