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Triple Bill: Duo, Montevideoaki and while going to a condition
On from 15 Jan 2008 till 19 Jan 2008
Barbican
by Hiroaki Umeda/S20


About: Triple Bill: Duo, Montevideoaki and while going to a condition

Three ultra-contemporary pieces which flash between the sublime and the violent. Street dance and Japanese Butoh combine in a radically minimalist aesthetic, featuring fluid elegance and sudden shock waves of movement.

In each work, Umeda’s extraordinary actions appear within an environment of sparse, dramatic lighting, strobing cyber-imagery, electronic beats and crackling digital soundscapes. Drawing on his contemporary Japanese roots he explores the disorientation and chaos of life in the big city.

One of Japan's most exciting young performers, Hiroaki Umeda studied photography before turning to dance. Trained in classical ballet and hip hop, he founded his own company, S20, in 2000. He is a multi-disciplinary artist, creating all his own choreography, music, lighting and video.

Umeda has performed at cutting-edge festivals around the world, including Kunsten Festival Des Arts in Brussels, as well as at many important international dance venues such as La Maison de la Danse in Lyon and New York's Dance Theatre Workshop. This is his first appearance in the UK.

Presented in association with the London International Mime Festival.

15 – 19 Jan 2008

7.30pm
70 mins/inc interval

Tickets £12

Reviews

'Like a tin man with oil flowing freely through his veins, Umeda mirrored the pulsating score with an accumulation of motion, starting with his feet and rising gradually to overtake his buckling legs and rubbery torso.' The New York Times

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