Design And Performance Lab

London UKIYO premiere


Friday November 26, 2010, 8:oo pm



[Moveable Worlds]

a choreographic installation fusing dance, sound, design and digital projections


directed by Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux


G O .. TO .. F I LM - E X C E R P T S

Lilian Baylis Studio Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Ave, London, EC1R 4TN

Tickets: £ 12.00 / £ 10.00 (concession) / Limited seating/audience moves freely during installation

Tickets: In person: Rosebery Ave, London, EC1R 4TN / Telephone: 0844 412 4300

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"Ukiyo" explores the layers of perceptions in an audiovisual world that constantly shifts and fragments. The audience is invited to move in and around the space which features five hanamichi (runways) and several projection screens for the virtual world graphics and animated photography. The dancers perform simultaneously with digital objects that mutate. Live sound, music and visual choreography for "Ukiyo" are designed for real-time gestural interaction to animate feedback systems and generative processes through with virtual space and physical performer movements are intertwined. The collaborative sound was developed by the composers, the garment designer and the performers. The choreographic improvisations were developed by the ensemble, with rehearsal direction in Europe by Johannes Birringer, and in Japan by Hironobu Oikawa.

A European-Japanese collaboration directed by Johannes Birringer, Ukiyo is a choreographic installation featuring audiophonic design concepts and wearables by Michèle Danjoux, and choreography by Katsura Isobe, Helenna Ren, Anne-Laure Misme, Yiorgos Bakalos, and Olu Taiwo; choreography on screen by Biyo Kikuchi, Yumi Sagara, Jun Makime, Ruby Rumiko Bessho, Mamen Rivera and Olu Taiwo; photography, video and 3D digital designs by Paul Verity Smith, Doros Polydorou and Johannes Birringer; original music composed by Oded Ben-Tal, with live digital sound and sensor processing by Sandy Finlayson. Live music composed and performed by Caroline Wilkins. Scenography & lighting by Johannes Birringer. The Second Life graphical interface is designed by Takeshi Kabata and Yukihito Obara. Additional engineering by Eng Tat Khoo (Keio-NUS CUTE Mixed Reality Lab).

This performance by an international ensemble of artists from the DAP-Lab was developed in collaboration with butoh dancers and digital artists in Tokyo, Japan, as part of cross-cultural research into virtual environments directed by Birringer (director of DAP-Lab, and Center for Digital Performance, Brunel University, School of Arts) and coordinated in Japan by Hironobu Oikawa (Maison d'Artaud, Tokyo) andYukihiko Yoshida (Keio University, Tokyo).

Yumi Sagara and Jun Makime in Ukiyo [Moveable Worlds] at Sadler's Wells (c) DAP 2010

Katsura Isobe dancing the "creation" scene with 3d virtual world design by Doros Polydorou (projected on round surface) and LeafDress design by Michèle Danjoux (c) DAP 2010



The European premiere of UKIYO took place in June 2010 at KIBLA Media Art Center, Maribor, Slovenia. This project is supported by a grant from The Japan Foundation and The Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance at Brunel University, West London. The two-year research for the collaborative project was funded by a PMi2/connect British Council research cooperation award.




dance-tech net link of Ukiyo project

Photos: (c) dap 2010


Project directors: Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux

Brunel University, West London