NEW YORK LIVE ARTS PRESENTS Hiroaki Umeda
2 dances: "Haptic" and "Holistic Strata"
Mar 8 Stay Late Discussion: The Process of Creating Haptic and Holistic Strata with Carla Peterson (Artistic Director, New York Live Arts)
About Hiroaki Umeda:
Hiroaki Umeda was born in 1977 and currently lives and works in Tokyo. He studied photography at the Nihon University (Japan), and decided to start dancing at the age of 20. He is deeply interested in dance (classical and hip-hop) and has since created his own style, influenced by high-tech and visual art.
In 2000 Hiroaki Umeda founded his own company, S20, and has made the following pieces since: Ni (2001), while going to a condition (2002), Looming (2003) and Finore (2003), which have all been presented at cutting-edge international dance festivals such as Japan Dance festival (Korea), Yokohama Dance Collection (Japan), Uovo e Contemporanea (Italy) and FIND Festival (Canada).
While going to a condition was presented at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales (France) and was hailed as "a visual and sensorial experience…The discovery of a young artist, both original and promising." After a residency at the Chaufferie (Philippe Decouflé’s rehearsal space), Umeda performed the new work Accumulated Layout in 2007 at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris.
In 2007 Umeda also presented a new version of Duo at the International Festival Via in Maubeuge, a solo performance where the dancer confronts their own image. Accustomed to international events, Umeda performed in TorinoDanza, Culturgeist à Lisbonne, Kunsten, la Biennale de danse de Lyon RomaEuropa and Festival d’Automne à Paris in 2008. Invited in an artist residency by the Théâtre de Nîmes and the Scene nationale de Maubeuge, he created two new performances, Haptic and Adapting for Distortion, where he continued his exploration of visual perceptions. Since his first group piece project with Finnish dancers in 2008, he has started choreographing for other dancers, as well as started working on a video piece, sound piece and installations as an extension of his solo project. Umeda is a multidisciplinary artist: choreographer, dancer, sound, image and lighting designer. His work is minimal and radical, subtle and violent, and very much in touch with his contemporary Japanese roots.
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