HandsDance for "e-Ukiyo"- interactive dance performance by DAP-Lab/Brunel University, Keio University, JWCPE and INETDANCE JAPAN

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Ukiyo Workshop in London

Started by Yukihiko YOSHIDA. Last reply by Yukihiko YOSHIDA Jun 4, 2010. 2 Replies

Ukiyo II Workshop June 1-June 6

Started by Yukihiko YOSHIDA May 29, 2010. 0 Replies

Ukiyo / premiere on June 1

Started by Yukihiko YOSHIDA. Last reply by Johannes Birringer Jun 19, 2009. 2 Replies

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Comment by Yukihiko YOSHIDA on February 20, 2011 at 6:09am

a n n o u n c e m e n t  ::

The World from within and without

(in memoriam Kazuo Ohno)

Date: Monday and Tuesday, 4-5 April 2011
Venue: Artaud Performance Centre, Brunel University, West London, UK

This symposium and performance laboratory initiates a series of annually held research events at Brunel University’s Artaud Performance Centre, bringing together an invited group of international theatre and dance artists, filmmakers, photographers, art theorists and researchers engaged in creative practices that reflect on major innovative performance traditions of the past century and their impact on current performance knowledge and physical (or physical-digital) techniques.  The first instalment of the ARTAUD FORUM is dedicated to the memory of Kazuo Ohno and the complex convergences/ differences between Japanese and Western performative methods.

The symposium-workshop is composed of dialogue and performance practice, intermixed with live dance, film screenings and a photographic exhibition.

Participant observers are welcome to enrol for a £ 60 conference fee (£ 45 concession).

The “Workshop Words,” as the late Kazuo Ohno called reflections on his practice, will be published by the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance.

The featured participants will provide important stimulus to the conference from various perspectives, informing and challenging our thinking about the conference theme.


Biyo Kikuchi (Choreographer/dancer, Kazuo Ohno Studios/Maison Artaud, Tokyo) Olu Taiwo (Choreographer; lecturer in performing arts, University of Winchester) Edward Scheer (Associate Professor in Theatre and Performance Studies, University of New South Wales &President PSi, Performance Studies international, Sidney) Steve Dixon (Professor of Digital Arts and Performance, Brunel University) Katsura Isobe (Choreographer/dancer, London) Katherine Mezur (Fellow, International Research Center, Freie University Berlin) Damien Serban (Filmmaker, Paris) Peter Sempel (Filmmaker Hamburg) Karolina Bieszczad-Roley (Researcher/photographer, Oslo) Michèle Danjoux (Designer, Principal Lecturer, Fashion, De Montfort University) Gordana Novakovic (Artist-in-Residence, Computer Science Department, University College London, Tesla Art and Science Group) Ksenia Yakunicheva (Researcher in design and performance, St Petersburg) Soenke Zehle (direcor, XMLab, HBK Saarbrücken)

Performance:  “I am Here” (Katsura Isobe, with Manabu Shimada)
Performance:  “Cell Dislocation”  (Biyo Kikuchi) Film Screening: “Just Visiting this Planet” (Peter Sempel) Video installations:  “Chrysalide" and "Silken" (Damien Serban) “Ukiyo [Floating Worlds]” (Dap-Lab)
Photography:  Karolina Bieszczad-Roley

Coordinated by Johannes Birringer (Professor of Drama and Performance Technologies, School of Arts, Brunel University) with Hironobu Oikawa (director, Maison Artaud, Tokyo, JP)



Registration will open in mid- February 2011.
We look forward to see you at the lab!

For registration, contact: or call Janette West at 01895 267823

Accommodation at special rates available at:
Lancaster Conference Suite
Brunel University
Kingston Lane
Tel: 01895 268001
Fax: 01895 269696


This event is programmed by the C

Comment by Yukihiko YOSHIDA on June 5, 2010 at 6:29pm
Dear dance-tech members,

Here is two interesting example from the workshop.
The team are studying new dance expression with digital technologies.



Additionally the team is making new possibility of dance work in spaces. For example, we are applying ideas from Japanese traditional performing arts to new dance work.

Comment by Yukihiko YOSHIDA on June 5, 2010 at 6:25pm
Dear dance-tech members,

Ukiyo workshop has been in London until 6th June.
In the workshop, we are studying new phase of dance expression both in vritual and real in next coming generation.
We are studying Japanese traditional art and concept, and also learning Hironobu Oikawa's Artaud Method. Young Saburo Teshigawara learned his idea and Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno was influenced by his idea.

They are scene from our workshop part I.
Please check it out and don't miss it !
The tour and stage in Slovenia would be extreamly nice.

(C)Ukiyo Lab

(C)Ukiyo Lab

(C)Ukiyo Lab
Comment by Johannes Birringer on June 5, 2010 at 7:03am
Hello everyone
I see that Yukihikio has invited online colleagues and interested members from the community to join us in the London UKIYO2 lab - that is good - we have open door policy, and during the first few days several guests came to observe, and one performance artist/dancer (Macarena Ortuzar) came on June 2 to participate in the warm up and training, which we enjoyed much.

Whether it is possible to "workshop" online is something i doubt, unless one gears such a workshop towards a virtual (e)-studio.

In our case, the research for UKIYO is multilayered, involving examinations into Kabuki and butoh theatre/dance, the japanese ukiyo-e traditions of illustration, the early 20th century european/russian avant-garde and motion "capture" (chronophotography), manga, animation, wearable design movement and (ha) - post-interacivity. In keeping with a slightly humorous approach to the paradigm changes we felt we had been experiencing (from completed works to real-time interactive processes and processual art/installation/performance), my ideas about post-choreography in installations are now also confirmed to some extent by the passing of interactivity. We are barely using it in this workshop and the new production, it is too cumbersome and uninteresting aesthetically to dwell on, and so we only have one dance scene in which Katsura Isobe created a floating/moveable world (ukiyo-e in 3d graphic game environment) - here the interwtining of gesture and landscape works well, as the 3d graphic world is being created by the dancer's movement, and if she does not move, there is no evolution in the graphic creation.

This inter-actionrelationscape made us think of Artaud and butoh as well as our different dance styles (western conscious and, as our japanese partners explain to us, in this sad week of Kazuo Ohno's passing, japanese butoh-unconscious -- the butoh expressing the darker, more dangered, more ghostly and monstered side of our realist movement modeled after the constructivist and biomeachanical and Schlemmerian ideas of motion).

The inter-actionrelationscape also makes us think of the compounding of real physical presences on stage and analog sound presences (acousmatic, concret) and the digital projected presences. And here we will have to enter a discussion of avatars and the image as avatar, and taking inspiration from butoh and Bunraku (the japanese shadowy puppet theatre and also its related kabuki shadowtheatre and pantomime traditions) - we can also see the image projection (say, the 3d graphic world created by Doros Polydorou for our dancer Katsura Isoble) itself a interacting on the dancer, thus we can speak of a mutual relation:

the dancer acting upon the image projection-avatar:::::

the image projection acting upon the dancer as avatar/puppet.

Both the digital generative world (virtualities) and the dancer are puppets avataring each other.

This is a brief summary from the rehearsals and research discussions yesterday (June 4). Wo shall soon make some images from the rehearsal available.

The premiere of EUKIYO 2 will be June 18 at KIBLA Media Arts Center in Slovenia. We will then also publish a report here, written from both sides, the perspective of our japanese partners (Yukihiko and team), and the perspective of the DAP-Lab team.

Johannes Birringer
Comment by Yukihiko YOSHIDA on June 4, 2010 at 7:44am
Dear all,

Ukiyo II workshop has started !
Join Us !
Comment by Johannes Birringer on June 19, 2009 at 7:37pm
hello all:
UKIYO/Moveable World (first version) was premiered at Antonin Artaud Centre, Brunel University, on June 1, 2009, on the opening night of the international IAPL meeting that took place in London that week (International Association of Philosophy and Literature).
The "choreographic installation" with its mixed reality performance of real dancers and virtual dancers (avatars) drew an audience of well over 150 people, and after the 45 minute installation a lively Q&A session took place within the installation space.

More information about this joint project (DAP-Lab/ dans sans joux and iNetDance Japan/Keio University), which will continue its second stage development in Japan later this year, will be made available here soon, along with filmic and photographic materials about our designs and performances.

A first diptych film installation version from the performance was featured at the 2009 Subtle Technologies Festival in Toronto, Canada, and subsequently traveled to Houston, TX.

For more information on the film presentation at Subtle Technologies, go to "UKIYO"
Comment by Yukihiko YOSHIDA on December 11, 2008 at 7:00pm
Dear Johannes,

Thank you for your comments.
We can exchange messages and ideas with people insides this group.
We are also able to release news, announcement, photos, and our project's output from this group.
The group is open to any persons and organization which have interest to us and e-Ukiyo.

I hope our 14 members join here.

Warmest Regards,
Yukihiko YOSHIDA
Comment by Johannes Birringer on December 11, 2008 at 6:32pm
hallo Yukihiko and friends from the "Ukiyo" team, it's good to see this "group" up here, and we can certainly publish a few photos from the last online performance meeting, I see that you put up a couple (below) that were taken in our London studio during the streaming performance, and then there are photos from your side in Tokyo. It would be nice to arrange a larger portfolio.

I also need to mention that our DAP-Lab, as we have now finally started our collaboration on the project and our preparations for the "Ukiyo" networked performance installation (planned for 2009-2010), the 14 members that came to the first extensive workshop on November 22, have been generating quite a bit of material (writing and reflecting on interactivity, real time composition, choreographic with interactive objects, design, sound synthesis, etc), and these themes, as well as content development, will be with us for some time. i am not sure that a "comment" box here is adequate for this, maybe one could create a forum or simply exchange the writing just amongst group members. what do you think?
Comment by Yukihiko YOSHIDA on December 11, 2008 at 11:05am
We have worked in Shibuya, Tokyo in both session.

The credit of copyrights on images are (C) e-Ukiyo.
Comment by Yukihiko YOSHIDA on December 11, 2008 at 11:03am
Here is view from HandsDance Session from e-Ukiyo Project in Nov,2008.


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