Body cinema: Adapting for distortion by Hiroaki Umeda

August 30, 2009

Dancer and choreographer Hiroaki Umeda had been treated here with special care… His dancing technique, space design and approach to technology have made it so… I found this video thanks to DBM Mediterranean Dance Network which posted  Umeda’s new video ‘Adapting for distortion’ on their Facebook profile several hours ago.

hiroaki_umeda.jpgHiroaki Umeda in ‘Adaptation for distortion’
Photo by Anna von Kooij (c)

For those who aren’t introduced so far, I wrote review and interviewed Mr. Umeda in summer of 2008 during his guest appearance on Dance Week Festival. Enjoy the video of this amazing artist.

4 Comments
August 30, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

I got a chance to see him perform a couple of years ago, and I
found his work to be really intense and unnerving. As a person who
enjoys simplicity, serenity and nature, unnerved is kind of my
typical reaction to technology and I was impressed he could elicit
that reaction through his movement. A classmate of mine described
him as “a machine about to explode” which really summed up the
experience for me. I heard he doesn’t use studio space though, and
improvises a lot…which is kind of hard for me to digest because I
have a bias for more codified techniques with rehearsals. To each
his own!

August 30, 2009 @ 8:24 pm

I got a chance to see him perform a couple of years ago, and I found his work to be really intense and unnerving. As a person who enjoys simplicity, serenity and nature, unnerved is kind of my typical reaction to technology and I was impressed he could elicit that reaction through his movement. A classmate of mine described him as "a machine about to explode" which really summed up the experience for me.

I heard he doesn’t use studio space though, and improvises a lot…which is kind of hard for me to digest because I have a bias for more codified techniques with rehearsals. To each his own!

August 30, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

hey Steve… tnx for your feedback… i see… yeah, indeed he
improvises a lot, which is great for him as a performer… i think
that this relation to digital inputs and urban life codes have
brought him to this aesthetic… what i like particularly is
Hiroaki’s inspiration with nature… basically, i like a lot
artists which use heavy tech stuff (new media) to explore and
express their fascination with the nature… Sure, to each his
own… i’m not necessarily enjoying heavy marked and mapped stuff
on the stage… that indeed opens another topic, Merce Cunningham,
Trisha Brown or William Forsythe’s ground for instance… but some
other time… best d.

August 30, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

hey Steve… tnx for your feedback…

i see… yeah, indeed he improvises a lot, which is great for him as a performer… i think that this relation to digital inputs and urban life codes have brought him to this aesthetic…

what i like particularly is Hiroaki’s inspiration with nature… basically, i like a lot artists which use heavy tech stuff (new media) to explore and express their fascination with the nature…

Sure, to each his own… i’m not necessarily enjoying heavy marked and mapped stuff on the stage… that indeed opens another topic, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown or William Forsythe’s ground for instance… but some other time…

best
d.

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