This October, internationally acclaimed choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Hiroaki Umeda – one of the leading figures of the Japanese avant-garde art scene – joins us live from Tokyo with a specially curated online presentation of his work. Devised in response to the 2020 reality of lockdowns, travel restrictions and social distancing, With/out Umeda explores the spectrum of Umeda’s creations in the context of new possibilities for performance in a post-Covid world, and illustrates his uniquely versatile approach to movement and presentation.

The online event includes real-time performance extracts from a new and on-going experimental collaboration with an artist from the world of gaming and Umeda’s solo work Intensional Particle (new adaptation), a screening of the short film Holistic Strata Screen (2011) and a talk by Umeda about his creative process. There is also a live Q&A session with Umeda and local dance artist Daniel Yeung and new media artist Keith Lam.

Umeda’s work presents a swirling universe of pixels, particles and digital sound, that is stabilising and destabilising, both in its demands of the dancer and the audience. Join us and be prepared to be challenged.

About Hiroaki Umeda:
Umeda and his company S20, have transfixed audiences at major festivals and theatres worldwide. Driven by the balance and flow of movement generated by the body reacting to natural forces, his aesthetic choreographic style and signature Kinetic Force Method combine physical, optical, sensory and spatiotemporal elements that break the rules of traditional performance and demonstrate the fragility and isolation of contemporary urban life.

With/out Umeda is presented as part of Cypher – an encounter with dance and movement live and online at Freespace this autumn.

Creative Team:
Intensional Particle (new adaptation)
Choreography and Dance: Hiroaki Umeda
Image Direction: S20
Visual Research: Ludovic Burczykowski
Image Programming: Shoya Dozono
Video Editing: Guillaume Gravier
Sound and Lighting Design: S20
Co-producer: Le Manège – Scène Nationale, le manège.mons, la Gare Numérique – Jeumont, la Maison des Arts de Créteil, Stereolux – Nantes, Mapping Festival – Genéve”

Holistic Strata Screen (2011)
Direction: Hiroaki Umeda
Video Editing: Gravier Guillaume
Video Shooting: LRAK (Alain Kantarjian - Ludovic Rivalan)
Sound: S20

New Work-in-progress (2020)
Choreography and Dance: Hiroaki Umeda
VFX Engineer: Hidenari Nohina
Image Direction: S20
Sound Design: S20

Date and Time:
Live-stream: 11 October 2020 (Sunday) 8:00pm HKT
On-demand viewing: 14 October 2020 (Wednesday) 00:00am HKT – 17 October 2020 (Saturday) 11:59pm HKT
Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Tickets for the live-stream event are valid only for the duration of the live-stream performance on 11 October 2020.
Tickets for on-demand viewing are valid from 00:00am HKT on the selected date to 11:59pm HKT the following day (viewing period: 48 hours).


* For tickets purchased through the online ticketing system POPTICKET, there is a handling fee of $5 per ticket.

Please note, this event includes flashing lights and high frequency sound that may cause discomfort.

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022,

Programme Enquiries:
Ms Tso (852) 2200 0822,

Produced by:
Tickets available at the online ticketing system POPTICKET from 21 September 2020 (Monday) at 10:00am.


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