Festival opening / German premiere

Hiroaki Umeda / S20

Median & vibrance
Big stage
09.01.2020 – 10.01.2020
Tanzender Mann alleine auf großer Bühne voll Pixel.
Tanzender Mann vor Projektion, die aussieht wie ein Spinnennetz
Struktur auf Bühne, eine Projektion wie ein Spinnennetz.
Drei Hip-Tänzerinnen auf der Bühne
Drei HipHop-Tänzerinnen auf der Bühne

Japanese all-round artist Hiraoki Umeda connects dance, visual arts and sound design in a way that keeps impressing. He pursues a personal fascination in his solo “Median”, one that has kept him intensely busy for many years now: If one magnifies human and non-human bodies in a large-scaled microscopic examination, differences between the creatures will become barely discernible. To Hiroaki Umeda, choreography, too, is not limited to the human body, it rather forms an encompassing net around all things that are in motion. Thus, he explores cellular choreography in “Median”, a choreography of molecular form and organic synthesis, giving visibility to that which eludes the naked eye.
The evening’s second part puts three female stars from the Japanese street dance scene front and centre. The dancers have won, among other awards, the renowned “Dance Delight Japan” show contest. Hiroki Umeda makes hip hop motion elements encounter impressive imagery. The dancers’ movements make the audience experience a physicalness that evokes changing images veering between human and machine.

Duration: 70 min.

Accompanying programme
Fri 10.01. 19:00 Touch Tour*
Fri 10.01. with audio description in German

We kindly ask you to write us an email to ticketservice@tanzhaus-nrw.de or call 0211 17 270-56, if you're interested in the touch tour and/or audio description. 

*This offer is for audience members with diverse sensory modalities to make live performance more accessible: Through touching e.g. the scenery or the costumes before the performance they can be experienced multisensory.

"Median" Choreography: Hiroaki Umeda; Dance: Hiroaki Umeda; Visual direction, Sound and lighting design: S20; Bildprogramming: Shoya Dozono, Gabor Papp; Video cut: Guillaume Gravier; Head of production: Suzuko Tanoiri (S20). "vibrance" Choreography: Hiroaki Umeda; Dance: AYUMI, Chika-J, YULI; Visual direction, Sound and lighting design: S20; Head of production: Suzuko Tanoiri (S20).
"Median" is a performance by Hiroaki Umeda, co-produced by Stereolux. "vibrance" is a performance by S20. The guest performance takes place as part of Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser, funded by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.