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The Rainy Table

Strange Kinoko Dance Company+plaplax

Dance and media art meet to produce a wonderful world of cute pop

Strange Kinoko Dance Company and the media artist group "plaplax" collaborated on this dance piece themed around a "journey" that expands from a small gap in everyday life.
The piece combines the Strange Kinokos' unique style of translating casual everyday sensations and emotions into cute dance moves, with the stage setting and imagery work of plaplax, mixing familiar motifs and media technology. With the additional synergistic effect of an original soundtrack by Yumiko Ohno (Buffalo Daughter), together with designer AOMI's stylish costumes, the performance highlighted in a boldly gorgeous way the fantastic hidden parts of daily life, and lured the viewer into a wonderful adventure charged with both excitation and a somewhat wistful sense of nostalgia
Date
February 28 - March 1, 2009
Place
Studio A
Special Site
http://therainytable.ycam.jp/
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Works

The Rainy Table (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Strange Kinoko Dance Company + plaplax

An adventure launched from a “table in the rain”

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The Rainy Table (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Strange Kinoko Dance Company + plaplax

An adventure launched from a “table in the rain”

From an everyday life setting, the protagonists embark on a journey to a fantastic place with such figural appearances as rain or horses, before they return to their starting point. This is the basic story behind this dance piece that illustrates with the help of media technology a "magically wonderful world".
The mise en scene makes frequent use of imagery in the form of projections - animated and live-action films made beforehand, and images generated in real-time on a computer based on the dancers' movements - onto a large screen set up in the back of the stage. The mixture of the actual dance on stage and trick-shot live action footage showing dancers in various sizes is an element that shakes the viewer's senses of perspective and scale, and artfully choreographs a dive from daily life into adventure. The application of projection mapping technology marks an additionally pioneering effort aimed at a spatial visual orchestration by projecting images of corresponding shapes onto stage props and other parts of the stage. Constructively integrating media technology while stressing aspects of humor and familiarity rather than profound systems, this work is one in a string of approaches aiming to open new horizons in the marriage of "media technology and body expression".
Tour Information
  • March 19 - 22, 2009 Festival/Tokyo 09 spring
    Venue: Theatre Tram (Tokyo)

Credit
Concept, direction, choreography: Chie Ito (Strange Kinoko Dance Company)
Cast: Masako Ide, Satomi Yamada, Memi Shinozaki, Mayumi Chaki, Mao Nakagawa, Chie Ito
Stage design, projection, media technology: plaplax [Motoshi Chikamori + Kyoko Kunoh + Yasuaki Kakehi]
Music: Yumiko Ohno(Buffalo Daughter)
Costume: AOMI
Assistant direction: Yoko Koyama
Stage manager: Michiko Yasuda
Animation: Ai Ohara (plaplax)
Programming co-operation: Daisuke Akatsuka

Events

Backstage Tour

February 14, 2009

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Backstage Tour


Date
February 14, 2009
Place
Studio A
Credit
Facilitator: YCAM educational staff

Related Screenings

February 21 & 22, 2009

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Related Screenings


Date
February 21 & 22, 2009
Place
Studio C

Profiles

Credit

Organized by:

  • Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
  • Setagaya Arts Foundation
  • Strange Kinoko Dance Company
  • plaplax

In association with:

  • Yamaguchi City
  • The Board of Education of Yamaguchi City

Grants from:

  • Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities

Corporate sponsor:

  • Shiseido Co., Ltd

Technical support:

  • YCAM InterLab

Produced by:

  • Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media[YCAM]
  • Setagaya Public Theatre
  • Strange Kinoko Dance Company
  • plaplax
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