This initiative is part of choreographer Hiroaki Umeda’s research project “Somatic Field Project,” which he started with the aim of developing his own movement method, and training and nurturing young Japanese dancers. New works will be presented featuring dancers experienced in Umeda’s method, while dancers new to the method will re-choreograph and re-perform previously-produced works. Umeda, who has choreographed for dance companies all over the world, proactively appoints young dancers, allowing them to experience his creative process; this gives them an education not only in dance techniques but also in professional experience. The Japanese premiere of Umeda’s solo work will be held at the same time, giving Umeda and the project a foothold for increasing working opportunities in Japan. In addition Umeda aims to attract not only dance fans but a more diverse audience base with the exhibition of installation works.
3. “Intensional Particle”
Choreography/direction: Hiroaki Umeda
Performers: Hiroaki Umeda, Yuki Nakamura, Momoko Nagata, Ferena Kagata, Con Saitoh, Saori Nishi, Tomohiko Kyogoku, Minami Hayasaka, Ikumi Otsuka, Akira Hiura, Chiaki Horita
Production manager: Suzuko Tanoiri
Umeda was invited to perform his 2002 work “while going to a condition” in France and elsewhere. Since then works such as “Accumulated Layout,” a collaboration with The Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, and “Holistic Strata,” a joint-production with the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), have been performed in various countries. In 2009 Umeda began his choreographic project “Superkinesis,” and had choreographic works commissioned by Sweden’s GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and the L.A. Dance Project. In 2014, he started the “Somatic Field Project” with the aim of fostering young Japanese dancers and developing his own “Kinetic Force Method.”
Owlspot (Toshima City, Tokyo)