Phygital D: Hiroaki Umeda – indivisible substance

Freespace The Box


The complete version of the long-awaited new production, presented in an exciting format that combines live performance and a virtual stage


Japanese avant-garde artist Hiroaki Umeda presents the full-length production of indivisible substance. Following two online showings as a work-in-progress, the final iteration of the performance – three years in the making – is finally coming to Freespace as a live in-person experience.


Ticket holders of the show can also visit MMM—Installations by Hiroaki Umeda for free to gain a deeper understanding of Umeda’s creative journey.


A career-defining experimental work by Umeda, indivisible substance is designed to transcend formats. It can be viewed as a stage performance, an online programme or even a VR experience, and through this versatility it challenges the modality and nature of dance. For the viewers, watching a performance in a theatre and on a computer screen are two completely distinct experiences. By continuously identifying and distilling these differences, Umeda seeks to explore the various channels and platforms of communication between him and his audience.


“Movement exists as a universal thing in substances and objects of any scale. I believe there is a space created and sustained only by ‘movement’.”
── Hiroaki Umeda


Based on this thought, Umeda combines digital technology, capturing real-time 3D data of the dancer by Kinect camera, as well as various micro and macro data from point cloud data in the making of indivisible substance, with the goal of weaving the entire space into the choreography. In the digital space, the boundaries between abstract, digitised components disappear – the conventional notions of shape, distance and authenticity no longer apply here, and only ‘movement’ is left to create a sense of space. This space of movement exists neither in a theatre nor on a screen, but in the minds of the audience.


Artistic Team:
Direction, Choreography: Hiroaki Umeda
Performers: Candy Hung Lai-kwan, Lo King-san, Carmen Yu Hau-yi
Music: AOKI takamasa
Visual Direction: S20
Visual Creation: THINK AND SENSE
 - Technical, Visual Direction: Shuhei Matsuyama
 - Visual Programming: Takamitsu Masumi, Yuki Hikita, Ayato Ohkawara
Production Management: Suzuko Tanoiri



Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China 25th Anniversary



Creative Tomorrow

The Programme is part of “Creative Tomorrow” exclusively sponsored by
The Hong Kong Jockey Club.


Exclusive Sponsor:

The Hong Kong Jockey Club


Co-commissioned by:

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1


Produced by:



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