Hiroaki Umeda (Tokyo)
Dance // Video // Music
January 16-19, 2013
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‘Engaging…Like a tin man with oil flowing freely through his veins, Umeda mirrors the pulsating score with an accumulation of motion’.
– New York Times
In these two half-hour pieces performed back-to-back, Haptic and Holistic Strata combine street dance and butoh with cutting-edge digital technology. The stage – a white floor and backdrop that together resemble an open book – is used as a canvas for technical experimentation and movement, with flashing cyber-imagery, electronic beats and a crackling digital soundscape. Performed by Hiroaki Umeda, a pluridisciplinary artist skilled as a choreographer, dancer, sound, image and lighting designer, he is a leading figure in the Japanese avant-garde, described as both minimal and radical, subtle and violent.
‘In the spectacular and high tension Holistic Strata he appears almost to dissolve in a hurricane of digital images. In Haptic, beautiful bright hues shift and morph in relation to his fluid movements, creating an exquisite visual and sonic experience.’
– Official London Theatre Guide
In Haptic beautiful bright hues shift and morph in relation to his fluid movements, creating an intense visual and sonic experience concentrating of the effects of light and colour. More than an association of the chromatic prism with physiological stimuli – red/anger, blue/reassurance – Umeda uses this performance to focus on “the physical aspect of the perception of colour, not simply to show it, but to give substance to the relationship it has with dance.” In the spectacular and high tension Holistic Strata, Umeda transforms himself into a human screen, appearing to dissolve into a hurricane of digital images, a universe of white dots that race past in every direction. This piece focuses on visual recognition and dance with a concentration on the border between dance and video images. Described as both minimal and radical, subtle and violent, Umeda’s work moves beyond the realm of dance, functioning almost as an installation of body, sound and light. In Haptic and Holistic Strata, he appears as a living lightning conductor in a whirl of visual and musical agitation.
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Student & Artist Tickets – $20
Regular Weekday Tickets – $28
Regular Weekend Tickets – $32
Creative Sights & Savors of Japan (tasting menu in UBU before show + ticket to opening night) – $50
For the opening night, Wednesday January 16th, we are partnering with our in-house Japanese restaurant, UBU, to celebrate the creative arts of Japan with an evening of Japanese fare and art! Featuring a special tasting menu designed by UBU’s award-winning Japanese chef Tomo (he is licensed to cut blowfish, and was named Calgary’s Best Sushi Chef by CBC’s John Gilchrist!) before Wednesday’s show for $25 a person. A ticket to Haptic & Holistic Strata and reservations (which can be made at 6, 6.15 or 6.30) are required.
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Join us after the Friday January 18th show for a FUTURE MUSIC party, featuring some of Western Canada’s leading DJ’s playing an eclectic blend of new and forward thinking music. The party is exclusive to Friday night ticket holders, and will be in our upstairs private studio.
Showcasing a contemporary side of electronic music in Calgary, a selection of DJ’s from the Hifi Club, Shambhala Music Festival, the Bass Coast music festival and a number of various music collectives and labels will be ‘getting deep’ with us until 2am.
Lorne B of the Bass Coast Project , The Rinse Out, Modern Math and 10pin Records
Ivan Rankic of the Hifi Club, Commonwealth and Homebreakin’ Records
Mr. Geography of Piranha Piranha, The Rinse Out, Hifi Club and Modern Math
Crimson of The Rinse Out, Hifi Club and Modern Math