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Jean-Baptiste André + Takamasa Aoki + Noriko Matsumoto

A new form of subtle profundity born out of media art
Pinning down the true identities of various things

Jean-Baptiste André is renowned for a dance style characterized by high physical ability and circus-like skills. For this new dance piece he collaborated with Takamasa Aoki, generator of a new trend in Japanese electronic music with his unique computer-based techniques, and Noriko Matsumoto, who flexibly operates in the realms of software development and video production. Their performance was themed around an "exposure of the hidden aspects of things."
Offering seemingly dreamt-up answers to universal questions in the serene setting of delicate audio-visual clippings of everyday scenes in Yamaguchi, the work highlighted the fact that everything in this world has its hidden faces, while quietly closing in on such hidden aspects in the process of exploring the way all kinds of things – including human beings – exist.
Date
October 1 - 2, 2005
Place
Studio A

Works

(HiDDEN FACES / FACES CACHéES / KAKUSaRETA MEN) (Commissioned by YCAM)

Jean-Baptiste André + Takamasa Aoki + Noriko Matsumoto

A new landscape of dance realized through collaboration

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(HiDDEN FACES / FACES CACHéES / KAKUSaRETA MEN) (Commissioned by YCAM)

Jean-Baptiste André + Takamasa Aoki + Noriko Matsumoto

A new landscape of dance realized through collaboration

This dance piece was conceived as an act of contemplation in a peaceful time-space interweaving sounds and images.
Installed on the stage is a white floor that serves as a projection screen, while a balloon about one meter in diameter that functions at once as illumination is suspended from the ceiling. Against this backdrop, dancers fitted with little wings perform a poetic kind of dance incorporating handstands, one-handed walkovers, forceful jumps and other almost unreal-looking acrobatics.
While video footage of the sky, waves and sunbeams recorded in Yamaguchi is projected onto the surface beneath the dancers' feet, the entire space is filled with elaborately rhythmical sounds ranging from beautiful piano tones to noise, intertwining and amalgamating in various ways with the performance to create a serene spatial and temporal environment that inspires the audience to indulge in dreamy thoughts.
Tour Information
  • October 8 - 9, 2005 Venue: Morishita Studio (Tokyo)

Credit
Concept / Choreography / Dance : Jean-Baptiste André
Music : Takamasa Aoki
Movie : Noriko Matsumoto

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Credit

Organized by:

  • Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion

Co-organized by:

  • French Foreign Ministry; Association Française d’Action Artistique Villa Medicis hors les murs

In association with:

  • Yamaguchi City
  • Yamaguchi City Board of Education

Production support and grants from:

  • The Saison Foundation

Cooperation:

  • KORG Corporation
  • Cameo Interactive Corporation

Technical support:

  • YCAM InterLab

Produced by:

  • Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
  • Jean-Baptiste André
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