Reactor for Awareness in Motion (RAM)

Creating a New Environment for the Dance of the Future

Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) has played an active role in cultivating creative and research environments to support the art & technology of the next generation. Since 2011, we have carried out “Reactor for Awareness in Motion”, a research project for developing tool for dance creation and education, with Yoko Ando, a dancer from The Forsythe Company, a leading contemporary dance company and programmers from Japan and the US. Professionals in dance and technology shared an innovative concept in dance and developed it in the form of a physical tool and workshop. It is a revolutionary project in the sense that the technology is not only for theatrical effect, but also to embody one of the very natures of dance and communicate it with the world. What we witness is a technological inquiry into the nature of dance. Customized based on the perspectives of the dancer, the tool writes a new chapter in the history of experience in dance and technology.

About RAM

RAM Dance Toolkit


Project team



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YCAM InterLab + Yoko Ando Joint Research and Development Project “Reactor for Awareness in Motion (RAM)”

Research and Development: Takayuki Ito (YCAM InterLab), Richi Owaki (YCAM InterLab), Yoko Ando(The Forsythe Company), Yoshito Onishi, Satoru Higa, Motoi Shimizu, Kyle McDonald, Akiko Takeshita (YCAM), Naoko Shiomi(YCAM)

Project Direction: Takayuki Ito (YCAM InterLab), Richi Owaki (YCAM InterLab)
Dance Concept Direction: Yoko Ando(The Forsythe Company)
Software Design and Development: Yoshito Onishi, Satoru Higa, Motoi Shimizu, Kyle McDonald, Takayuki Ito (YCAM InterLab)
Motion Capture System (MOTIONER) Design and Development: Yoshito Onishi
MOTIONER Suites Design and Creation: Ryoko Katayama (atelier a.p.r), Richi Owaki (YCAM InterLab)
Sound Resources: Masashi Heirakuji
Contributing Dancers: The Forsythe Company Dancers – Cyril Baldy, Amancio Gonzalez, Yasutake Shimaji, Riley Watts
Technical Advice: Masaki Teruoka /the TECHTILE team – Yasuaki Kakehi, Kota Minamizawa, Masashi Nakatani, Soichiro Mihara
Technical Coordination: YCAM InterLab – Takuro Iwata, Clarence Ng, Fumie Takahara, Soichiro Mihara, Etsuko Nishimura, Satoshi Hama, Yohei Miura

Documentation: Richi Owaki(YCAM InterLab), Tomoya Watanabe(YCAM), Ryuichi Maruo(YCAM), Atsushi Tanabe
Text Translation: Yuki Itai
Logo Design: Takeo Nakano (Nakano Design Office)
Graphic Design: Naomi Kakuda (YCAM InterLab)
PR: Miyuki Tanaka (YCAM)

Education: Daiya Aida (YCAM), Kiyoshi Suganuma (YCAM), Kumiko Idaka (YCAM)
Producer: Akiko Takeshita (YCAM), Naoko Shiomi (YCAM)
Supervision: Kazunao Abe (YCAM)

Organized by Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
In association with Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi City Board of Education
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2012
Special support: Goethe Institut
Equipment Cooperation: NAC Image Technology, Motion Analysis Corporation, Color Kinetics Japan Incorporated
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