2015.1.24Sat & 1.25Sun
Initiated by YCAM InterLab, Yoko Ando, a leading dancer from The Forsythe Company, and a group of software engineers have been developing “Reactor for Awareness in Motion (RAM)” since 2010. This is the result of their project exploring the possibilities of bodily expression through technology in the form of dance performance.
RAM defines dance as something produced by the interaction between the dancer and environment rather than a predetermined choreography. Dancers take in surrounding information including other dancers’ movement and react to it according to certain rules they create.
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As part of our research, we developed a system that captures the movement of dancers in real time and interfaces the information to a virtual environment which gives feedback to the dancers. Programing and designing this virtual environment, the system becomes a tool for exploring the possibility of dance.
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Paired with the feedback system, this piece accompanies a number of small laboratories on stage in which various objects are placed. They move and shift in accordance with the movement of the dancers. These changes are converted into sound and light and feedback to the stage atmosphere and the dancers who send another signal to the labs. It is a huge “connection machine” involving the dancers, stage and the garden.
While the antonym of “individual” is “collective” in general, Gilles Deleuze (1925-95), a French philosopher, came up with the notion of “dividual” since the preposition “in” disaffirms the following word. Notions of “individual” and “dividual” have been, and continue to be, discussed in various contexts such as the economy, civil society, personal identity and more.
Through her time at The Forsythe Company, Yoko Ando came to define improvisation as “being individual but with the possibility of being collective at the same time”. While each agent performs independently, he/she is synchronized with other dancers simultaneously.
RAM project began by finding shapes for the ideas in Yoko’s dancer’s mind.
Installation “Reacting Space for Dividual Behavior” (2011)
The piece expands on the idea of “dividual” and explores new dance, new notions of the body and the new relationships between the human body and technology by pursuing deeper interaction between dancers and the notion of system.
2015.1.24（Sat）19:00 / 1.25（Sun）14:00
＊The door opens 30 min. prior to the performance.
Project Direction：YCAM InterLab
Dance Concept + Direction：Yoko Ando（The Forsythe Company）
Programing Device Design：Yoshito Onishi, Ryo Kanda, Sheep
Research and Development Consultant：Yasuaki Kakehi（Keio University）
Dancers：Yui Kawaguchi, Kenta Kojiri, Ryoji Sasamoto（METHOD B）
Space Design：Tsuyoshi Tane（DORELL.GHOTMEH.TANE／ARCHITECTS）
Sound and Programing：evala（port, ATAK）
1.24（Sat）and 25（Sun）After the performance.
1.25（Sun）16:00 *Subject to change
Creators and researchers from various backgrounds hack the RAM. This exhibition introduces their unique and diverse ideas.
Advanced ticket：2,500 yen / “any” members & special discounts 2,000 yen / Under 25 1,800yen
Tickets at the door：3,000 yen
Tickets on sale from：11.29（Sat）
※ Special Discount: 65 and up. Person with disabilities
(1 caretaker is free of charge)
※ No admission for children preschool age and younger
Box-Office：Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
(10:00-19:00 Closed on Tuesdays, Wednesday in case Tuesday is a national holiday and 12.19 to 1.3)
Seven Eleven：Seven Code 034-682
Presented by Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
Supported by Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi City Board of Education, Goethe Institut Osaka
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2014
This performance was made possible by aids from the public lottery.
Collaboration with YCAM InterLab
Produced by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
Reactor for Awareness in Motion（RAM）won a GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2014.