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Haptic + Holistic Strata

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Photo: YCAM

Hiroaki Umeda/S20 (Tokyo, Japan)

Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and The Dance Centre

January 25-27, 2013  8:00PM

Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street


Hiroaki Umeda is one of Japan’s most exciting artists, bringing together light, sound and movement with astonishing force and style. Haptic plays with the sensation of colour, drenching the stage in layers of red, blue and purple, framing Umeda’s constantly moving body. In Holistic Strata he is bathed in pinpoints of light, swaying with and against a torrential flow of racing light particles, creating an impact that is both disorientating and spellbinding.

“What I want,” Umeda says, “is to transmit sensations, rather than messages, to the audience.” Combining sound and lighting effects with a distinctive dance vocabulary that draws on butoh, ballet, street dance and hip-hop, Umeda’s visceral works are felt and experienced more than simply watched.

>>Engaging…Like a tin man with oil flowing freely through his veins, Umeda mirrors the pulsating score with an accumulation of motion<< New York Times

Tokyo-based multidisciplinary artist Hiroaki Umeda is a performer, sound artist and lighting designer whose work is both sublime and violent, and very much in touch with his contemporary Japanese roots. He is the founder of S20, and has made a name for himself touring extensively on the international dance festival circuit throughout Japan, Europe and North America. He returns to Vancouver after bringing while going to a condition + Accumulated Layout to the PuSh Festival in 2009.

hiroakiumeda.com | thedancecentre.ca | quaternaire.org


Tickets: Advance $27-33 | Door $29-35

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Concept, creation, choreography and performance: Hiroaki Umeda 
Sound : S20
Lighting: S20; Hervé Villechenoux
Production: S20
Coproduction: Théatre de Nîmes; Festival d’Automne à Paris
Associate production: Sarah Ford / Quaternaire

Concept, creation, choreography and performance: Hiroaki Umeda
Mandated by: YCAM (Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media)
Co-developped with: YCAM InterLab
Sound and Visual Programming: YCAM, S20
Production: S20
Associate production: Sarah Ford / Quaternaire

This performance contains loud music and strobe lighting.
Post-show artist talkback January 26, led by Robert Gardner
Duration: 65 min including intermission

Supported by the Japan Foundation.
Hiroaki Umeda/S20 is supported by the EU Japan Fest and YCAM (Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media).


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