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Refined Colors

Takayuki Fujimoto + Monochrome Circus

What are we seeing?
Methods of deciphering the language of "colors"

Takayuki Fujimoto, in charge of lighting design and technical management for the group Dumb Type, collaborated with the Kyoto-based contemporary dance producers/instructors of Monochrome Circus. In this performance, Fujimoto and Monochrome Circus presented their dance piece themed around a "rediscovery of the world through colors".
The world is coated with a variety of colors. However, as there exists no means of verifying the human perception of color in an objective manner, the only possible approach is by interpreting individual knowledge and experience. Aiming to close in on the probability of the world through a combination of exquisitely acrobatic dance by multiple performers, and LED lights that can instantaneously produce all kinds of colors, the piece highlights the process of visual recognition and composition of the outside world.
Date
July 15 - 16, 2004
Place
Studio B
Special Site
http://www.refinedcolors.com/
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Works

Refined Colors (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Takayuki Fujimoto + Monochrome Circus

Site-specific light, sound, and dance exploring mobility

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Refined Colors (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Takayuki Fujimoto + Monochrome Circus

Site-specific light, sound, and dance exploring mobility

A dance piece that unfurls within a shower of precisely controlled multicolor LED light.
The artists select a number of characteristic sceneries of each region in which their performance takes place, and recreate those scenes on the stage by way of "colors". In a space covered by a variety of colors, five dancers respond to this changing color environment in exquisitely acrobatic performances based around contact improvisation.
Just like the visual elements, the acoustic accompaniment consists of "sounds" recorded in the respective region of each performance as well, making each performance absolutely unique. By integrating sounds and lights representing the respective locations of performances, the ever-transforming piece traces the process of picking up knowledge and experience in everyday life.

Mobility
Dance is a form of artistic expression with few restrictions, as a light source, a body, and a space to move in are the only prerequisites for staging a performance. In other words, it is at once an art form with a high degree of mobility. By adopting portable computers compatible with various media, and full-color LEDs that can instantaneously produce any color for the choreography of dance in this piece, the artists managed to create a multilayered dance piece without impairing the aspect of mobility. This quality is further radicalized through the piece's production style integrating environmental sounds and colors of each performance's location.
Tour Information
  • November 17 - 18, 2007 Venue: Chiang Mai University Humanities Theater (Thailand)

  • November 11, 2007 Venue: Youth Theatre (Vietnam)

  • November 4, 2007 Venue: Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre (Nagano)

  • October 20 - 21, 2007 Venue: Spiral Hall (Tokyo)

  • October 8, 2007 Venue: Chino Cultural Complex (Nagano)

  • October 9, 2006 Venue: Shiga Kaikan (Shiga)

  • September 26 - 27, 2006 Venue: Teatrul Ion Creanga (Romania)

  • September 23, 2006 Venue: Cine-Teatro Louletano (Portugal)

  • September 12 - 13, 2006 Venue: Mu Theatre (Hungary)

  • September 6 - 7, 2006 Venue: Archa Theatre (Czech)

  • February 11 - 12, 2006 Venue: Teatro Canovas (Spain)

  • February 8 - 9, 2006 Venue: Teatro Alhambra (Spain)

  • February 3 - 4, 2006 Venue: Teatro Central (Spain)

  • September 23 - 24, 2005 Venue: Kyoto Performing Arts Center (Kyoto)

  • April 1 - 2, 2005 EXIT Festival 2005
    Venue: Maison des Arts de Créteil (France)

  • August 21 - 22, 2004 Venue: MCPA Theatre (Malaysia)

  • August 12 - 13, 2004 Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio (Singapore)

  • July 31 - August 1, 2004 Venue: Patravadi Theatre(タイ)

Credit
Direction: Takayuki Fujimoto, Kosei Sakamoto (Monochrome Circus)
Lighting: Takayuki Fujimoto
Choreography: Kosei Sakamoto, Yuko Mori (Monochrome Circus)
Dance: Kosei Sakamoto, Yuko Mori, Hirokazu Morikawa (Monochrome Circus), Yuka Saeki (Monochrome Circus), Daniel Yeung
Sound: Takuya Minami, Daito Manabe
Programming: Daito Manabe

Events

Refined Colors Workshop

July 17 - 19, 2004

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Refined Colors Workshop

This workshop focuses on creative work by combining elements of LED lighting, sound and dance. Participants realize the possibility of controlling the different elements of a stage production independently via a computer, and enjoy the fun of moving in a setting of light designed according to their own imagination.
Date
July 17 - 19, 2004
Place
Studio B
Credit
Lecturer: Takayuki Fujimoto, Monochrome Circus

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