From dance to videodance -
YCAM and choreographer/dancer Tsuyoshi Shirai collaborated on this videodance project. Originating from one specific videodance piece, the project was designed to explore the possibilities of audio-visual perception and video production in an age where the idea of an "artwork" is turning into an increasingly broad concept.
Dance emerging out of images as the body is captured by the video camera
The project started off by reconstructing "mass, slide, & .", one of Shirai's most acclaimed dance pieces (first staged in 2004), as "dance on film" in the form of the videodance piece "mass, slide, & . in frames".
Next was the launch of a special website on which the full piece could be watched. The website further includes functions that allow visitors to compare scenes from the video with unused footage, or watch/download all filmed material. The entire material is Creative Commons licensed, and therefore may be reused in subsequent creative attempts.
On January 23, 2011, the date of the work's unveiling on the website, the video was shown in premiere screening event, which also featured a talk session with the artist himself, discussing the historical transition of video and dance with experts in the field, and re-examining the process of the project at large from the development of video culture since the advent of the Internet.
mass, slide ,& . in frames (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)
Delicate video expression born out of a sober observation of movement
The first ever videodance piece of Tsuyoshi Shirai. In order to capture subtle body movements, weights, textures and temperatures of objects that were impossible to convey in the dance piece "mass, slide, & ." (first staged in 2004; composed, directed, choreographed and performed by Tsuyoshi Shirai) that served as a foundation for this project, the set built for the video shooting was different from the one used in the stage performance, and the movements of the dancing body and objects on the stage were filmed in a trial-and-error manner from various different angles. Based on the sober observation of the object itself - Tsuyoshi Shirai - from a choreographer's position, the enormous amount of footage recorded this way was ultimately worked into one videodance piece. As a result, the flinging, aggressive nature of body movements that characterized the dance piece, and at the same time the delicacy of carefully tracing the contours of objects, were both channeled into one pioneering piece of videodance.
The finished work can be accessed and watched in full length via the project's website.
Choreography filmed: 5days of movement
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A video screening and two-part talk event was held to coincide with the unveiling of the videodance piece "mass, slide, & . in frames" and related website. Appearing in part 1 was film/stage director Naoto Iina, whose introduction of various video works was embedded in a demonstration of the transition of techniques, environments and forms of expression in video and "dance". Part 2 featured Keisuke Kitano, professor at Ritsumeikan University and researcher in the fields of film, culture and representation theory. Together with Tsuyoshi Shirai, Kitano reviewed the process of the piece's production, and discussed the reception of video in today's information society, and the idea of the human body in the networking age.
- Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
In association with:
- Yamaguchi City
- Yamaguchi City Board of Education
- East Works Entertainment inc.
- Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]