2022/01/20

“COSMOS”

Cosmos was created at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater of Arts as a video work for paid streaming. Live performances were held only outside of Tokyo. From a romantic duo dancing in a garden of trees and flowers to a dance in a sterile hospital room, the work takes full advantage of the nature of video in directing the viewer’s gaze (though what is seen is of course basically being performed on stage).

YAMADA says that this work is partly a tribute to 2020, including the impact of the Covid pandemic and the illusory 2020 Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics.

The ten-minute ensemble danced by all 13 members at the end is a particular highlight. WONO Satoru’s music gradually fills the space with a brighter, lighter, more hopeful sound.

“Cosmos” is another name for the universe. Like countless nebulae spreading across space, the dancers draw large and small vortices on stage as they accelerate with festive elation. Dance connects the swell of life on earth, showing the fundamental strength of humanity to confront its difficulties.

2020
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre / Theatre East

Presented by: The Japan Foundation (JF) (https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/)
In cooperation with EPAD (https://epad.terrada.co.jp/)

<Performance Credits>
Directed and Choreographed by: YAMADA Un
Stage Manager: HARAGUCHI Yoshiko
Performers: IIMORI Sayuri, KAWAI Llon, KAWACHI Yutaro, KURODA Yu, TANAKA Asako, NISHIYAMA Yuki, NITA Akiyoshi, HASEGAWA Toru , MOCHIZUKI Hiroto, YAMAGUCHI Shotaro, YAMAZAKI Mayu, YAMANE Mion, YOSHIZAKI Yuya
Music by: WONO Satoru
Video Editing: MAE Ichiro
Video Shooting: Dana STRIBLING, MATSUSHIMA Kotaro
Scenic Design by: YAMADA Un
Lighting Design by: FUJITA Masahiko
Sound Design by: EZAWA Chikako
Costume Design by: IKEDA Yuko
Costume Construction: KAMBARA Hideka, SAKAMAKI Ayako, SHINOHARA Hosei, WADA Yukino
Hair and Make-up by: AMEKU Mami(Twiggy.) ,NARUSAWA Yukie(Twiggy.), NAGAMURA Reina(Twiggy.), SATO Raku(Twiggy.), HASHIDA Naomi, SUZUKI
Stage Assistant: MATSUOKA Dai, YUYAMA Chikage
Set Construction: OTSU Eisuke (+Karasuya)
Garden Design by: TSUKADA Yuichi
In cooperation with KOJIMA Shokubutsu-en
Promotional Art by NAGANO Hiroko (ZAWAME)
Associate Producer: UEHARA Toshiko
Planning and Production: Co. UN YAMADA
Organized by: Co. UN YAMADA

<Subtitling Credits>
Chinese Translation (Simplified): Zhenzhen WU
Chinese Translation (Traditional): Muju TSAN
English Translation: Gary PERLMAN
French Translation: Meryl DESVEAUX
Russian Translation: Ekaterina TARASOVA
Spanish Translation: Karla TOLEDO VELARDE

<Promotional Text>
NORIKOSHI Takao

End date of distribution: 19/10/2023