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Leviathan (Sei-ju) -live with a sun-

  • Organization : OrganWorks
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Dance


This is a revival of “Leviathan (Sei-ju),” which premiered at Theater Tram in 2017 as a Winners’ Performance for the Toyota Choreography Award 2016. From January 2019 it toured nationwide, finishing its run of performances in Tokyo in July 2019 at Setagaya Public Theatre, the largest capacity venue of the tour.
Taking insects as its movement theme, this work compares insects with humans and explores humanity from there.
This work incorporates the concept of “nation” or “state,” which forms the basis of Leviathan in the Old Testament, Thomas Hobbes’s “Leviathan” and “Leviathan” by Paul Auster.
In addition, the work’s dance techniques involve new approaches to body movement, such as the elevation of different bodily parts and the minimization of movement.
Choreography and direction : Shintaro Hirahara
Music composed b y: Yuta Kumachi, Masayuki Kagei
Shintaro Hirahara, Ippei Shiba, Yasushi Shoji, Takuya Sato, Junpei Hamada, Aya Yakushiji, Taeko Machida, Mutsumi Komatsu, Maho Takahashi, Haruka Watanabe, Sae Onishi, Remi Murai


A dance company led by Shintaro Hirahara. A team of dedicated dancers have worked with him in Japan and overseas since 2014.
The company concentrates on performance pieces, dance workshops, running company-related projects, appearances in outside projects, choreography and more.
As well as Shintaro Hirahara, members comprise dancers Yasushi Shoji, Ippei Shiba, Takuya Sato, Junpei Hamada, Takkun Ikegami, Aya Yakushiji, Taeko Machida, Mutsumi Komatsu, Maho Takahashi, Haruka Watanabe, Sae Onishi and Remi Murai, with Yuta Kumachi and Masayuki Kagei chiefly in charge of music production.


Shintaro Hirahara
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Setagaya Public Theatre, Setagaya City, Tokyo