A dancer’s mesmerising movements seem to dance with the lights
The monochrome space blends beautifully into visualized sounds

The dancer, choreographer and multimedia artist UMEDA Hiroaki has performed in more than 150 cities in some 40 countries since 2007. Back then a collaboration with the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris on his solo work “Accumulated Layout” was so well received by international critics that invitations have followed ever since from France, Germany, Belgium, the UK, the USA, Australia, Taiwan and, of course, Japan.

As he is active in many fields, UMEDA takes charge of the video, sound and lighting design for his dance works, and also creates visual arts and installations to heighten audiences’ physical and visual senses.

In “Median,” sets of monochrome images and lights transfigure like cell division from moment to moment accompanied by intermittent electrical buzzing and pulses of white noise. Amid these effects UMEDA’s body appears dancing eloquently — sometimes powerfully and sometimes softly — even as it flashes into and out of view in flickers.

Presented by: The Japan Foundation (JF) (https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/​ )

<Performance Credits>
Choreography: UMEDA Hiroaki (http://hiroakiumeda.com/) 
Image Direction: S20
Image Programming: DOZONO Shoya, Gabor PAPP
Video Editing: Guillaume GRAVIER
Sound & Lighting Design: S20
Production: S20
Production Management: TANOIRI Suzuko (S20)
Coproduction: Stereolux (Nantes, France)

<Promotional Text>
TANAKA Nobuko (English), KAWAZOE Fumiko (Japanese)

Recorded on September 19th, 2018 at Stereolux (France)

End date of distribution: 31/3/2022