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Holistic Strata

Hiroaki Umeda

Layers of light, sound, and the human body -
Engulfing the audience with sharp imagination

This was a dance performance by Hiroaki Umeda, an artist esteemed for his "visual performances" synchronizing improvised dance and stimulating settings of light and color that appeal to the viewer's senses.
Based on a central idea of "body (as) data" that crystallized through the collaboration of Umeda - in charge not only of dance and choreography, but also of stage lighting, imagery and sound - with engineers around a core of YCAM InterLab members, a dance piece emerged as a form of spatial expression that challenges the viewer's perception by equivalently combining elements of light, sound, and the human body.
February 19 - 20, 2011
Studio A
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Holistic Strata (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Hiroaki Umeda

The criticality of perception highlighted in a spectacle


Holistic Strata (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Hiroaki Umeda

The criticality of perception highlighted in a spectacle

Composed of elements of light, sound, and the human body based on abstract images, this dance piece adds a notion of "movement" to the entire spatial setting. The stage is filled with an elaborate combination of high-definition images of hundreds of thousands of moving particles, created with special software developed for this work, and stimulating sound designed using techniques of acoustic illusion. The piece also involves sensing technology to mark a further leap forward from Umeda's tried and tested concept of treating light, sound and the human body as equivalent means of expression on stage. The movements of Umeda's body are converted into data that function as triggers for interlocking dance and visuals. By understanding the body on stage as a complex accumulation of data, Umeda managed to conjure an image of dance that fuses on an advanced level with light and sound, either implanted in the surrounding space, or suddenly arising right in front of the audience.
(Aug, 2011)
Tour Information
  • November 19, 2015 TodaysArt JP
    Venue: クラブチッタ川崎(神奈川)

  • May 29, 2015 MUTEK Montreal
    Venue: Théâtre Maisonneuve(カナダ)

  • January 30 & 31, 2015 Venue: Trafó(ハンガリー)

  • December 5, 2014 Automne en Normandie 2014
    Venue: Le Rive Gauche(フランス)

  • November 29, 2014 Convergence Summit
    Venue: The Banff Centre(カナダ)

  • November 25, 2014 Venue: Stereolux (France)

  • October 16, 2014 COTE OUEST
    Venue: Base sous-marine (France)

  • September 10, 2014 Beakerhead
    Venue: EPCOR CENTRE for Performing Arts(カナダ)

  • October 18 & 19, 2013 Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio (Singapore)

  • September 6 - 8, 2013 Aichi Triennale 2013
    Venue: Aichi Arts Center (Aichi)

  • June 26, 2013 Mediafestival
    Venue: Winzavod Contemporary Art Center(ロシア)

  • March 7 - 9, 2013 Venue: New York Live Arts(アメリカ)

  • February 26 - March 2, 2013 canadian stage
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre(カナダ)

  • February 19, 2013 Venue: Wexner Center For The Arts(アメリカ)

  • February 14- 16, 2013 Venue: REDCAT CalArts Theater(アメリカ)

  • January 25- 27, 2013 PuSh International Performing Arts
    Venue: The Scotiabank Dance Centre(カナダ)

  • January 16 - 19, 2013 Venue: Theatre Junction GRAND(カナダ)

  • January 10 & 12, 2013 Festival TEMPS D’IMAGES
    Venue: Tanzhaus NRW Dusseldorf (German)

  • September 25 - 27, 2012 Biennale de la Danse
    Venue: Théâtre de la Renaissance (France)

  • May 8, 2012 SuperBodies
    Venue: Cultuurcentrum Hasselt (Belgium)

  • April 29, 2012 Beirut International Platform of Dance 2012
    Venue: Al Madina Theatre (Lebanon)

  • April 19 - 21, 2012 FESTIVAL TEMPS D'IMAGES
    Venue: Usine C (Canada)

  • January 16 - 17, 2012 London International Mime Festival
    Venue: The Linbury Studio Theatre(イギリス)

  • December 2, 2011 Venue: Centre des Arts (France)

  • November 24, 2011 Festival de Danse de Cannes
    Venue: Théâtre Croisette (France)

  • September 30, 2011 TODAYSART 2011
    Venue: The Egg (Belgium)

  • September 23, 2011 TODAYSART 2011
    Venue: Korzo Theater (Netherland)

  • August 25 -27, 2011 Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival
    Venue: Romeo Tent at Noorderplantsoen (Netherlands)

  • July 9 - 10, 2011 JULIDANS 2011
    Venue: Theater Bellevue (Netherlands)

  • June 9, 2011 Art Rock Festival 2011
    Venue: La Passerelle (France)

  • March 31 - April 1, 2011 Festival VIA 2011
    Venue: Théâtre du Manège (France)

  • March 10 - 12, 2011 Festival EXIT 2011
    Venue: Maison des Arts de Créteil (France)

Choreography / Dance: Hiroaki Umeda
Image Direction: S20
Sound Design: S20
Lighting Design: S20
Image Programing: S20, Satoru Higa, Yoshito Onishi
System Design / Programming: Satoru Higa
Sensor System Design / Programming: Yoshito Onishi
Costume Design: Ryoko Katayama


Backstage Tour

February 5 - 6, 2011


Backstage Tour

Participants in this "backstage tour" introducing the creation process of a new original piece witnessed the work of the YCAM staff and artists involved, while at once learning about the theatre's mechanisms, and the system employed for this particular production.
February 5 - 6, 2011
Studio B
Navigator: Hiroaki Umeda
Facilitator: YCAM educational staff

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government



Using the sensor, sound, lighting and video synchronization body

Holistic Starata


Using the sensor, sound, lighting and video synchronization body

Holistic Starata


Organized by:

  • Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion

In association with:

  • Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi City Board of Education

Grants from:

  • Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities (JAFRA)
  • The SAISON Foundation
  • EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee

Equipment cooperation:

  • Color Kinetics Japan Incorporated

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2010

Co-developed with:

  • YCAM InterLab

Produced by:

  • Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
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