What we do


  • Organization : Soul Playing Factory
  • Section : In Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Music, Dance, Visual Art / Media Art, Interdisciplinary


This project uses pictures, dances, and music the thousands of year old paintings found in the Lascaux Caves which are, according to Georges Bataille, the beginning of human drama, and the birth of art.

Painting alternates between delicate and dynamic dancing, in turn encouraging the dancers to continue painting; the act of playing music turns into dancing, which leads to the creation of another piece of music. Dancing in and of itself does not produce new dance; nevertheless, a dance can germinate anywhere. With this idea in mind, different types of dances answer the question, “What is dance?” while images of organically-painted images from the caves are interwoven to create a whole piece, and onto a whole world of its own making.

Stage Direction, Choreography, Dancing: Kumotaro Mukai
Painting and Dance-Painting: Tesshu
Music and Rendition: Kenichiro Tsukiyama, Aki-ra Sunrise
VJ: HiraLion BetaLand
Image programming: Yoshito Onishi
LED lighting: Takayuki Fujimoto


Kumotaro Mukai
Kumotaro Mukai joined Dairakudakan in 1994. In 2001, he began to direct and choreograph performances for both domestic and internationally. Invitations to overseas festivals followed. He left Dairakudakan in 2012, and has been active as a dancer, choreographer, and stage director since. He is devoted to creating interesting pieces, all the while asking himself, “What is dancing? What is the new performing arts mode on stage?” His performances are characterized by non-dance-like airiness, movie-like development of a story, unprecedented and anything-goes stage direction learned from his mentor, He explores the dark side of the human mind and believes that humans are fundamentally free, with unique worldviews.


Kenji Kidani
Soul Playing Factory
2-4-5 Raionzumansyontanasi202, Shibakubocho, Nishitokyo-shi, Tokyo, 188-0014, Japan

Tel: +81-(0)90-2639-8998
E-mail: kumota60422◆m7.gyao.ne.jp
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