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Inspired by the Japanese tea ceremony, MatchAtria e x t e n d e d is a multimedia dance installation, which invites the audience into a unique and intimate contact with the heart. A pulsating universe of dance, music and soundscapes. To experience seeing, hearing and with haptic perception.
Yui Kawaguchi – Dancer, Choreographer
Born in Japan. She studied Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop and contemporary dance, acting and singing. She danced in the companies of H.art.chaos (1998-2000), Kota Yamazaki/Rosy, co (2000-2002) and Motoko Hirayama (2007), performing in Japan, the USA and Europe. She choreographed for the opening festival of East Asian Olympics 2001 and has also worked with music videos, TV-CF films, concerts and fashion shows. Between 2001-2003 she worked as a choreographer and performer with the “media drive unit 66b/cell”. Together with this multimedia performance group, she was invited to perform at ARS Electronica (Linz), Seoul International Dance Festival and Japan Virtual Reality Conference, etc. Since 2005 she works in Berlin. She performed in the companies of Ismael Ivo, Helena Waldmann, NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS, Michaela Lucenti, Darren Jonston and Tomi Paasonen, among others. Her own pieces have featured at a number of international festivals. In 2006 she received the Jury’s Prize at the Yokohama solo-duo competition. In 2008 her Solo REM − Black Cat was presented in New National Theatre Tokyo. Since 2008 she works in collaboration with the Jazz pianist Aki Takase. She is also engaged in research projects with a sociologist and a cognitive scientist. Together with them she developed the projects “HEREing Loss”(2006-2008) and „Heartbeat Picnic“(2010-). She belongs to the original casts of the cross over project “Red Bull Flying Bach“, by Christoph Hagel and Flying Steps, as show’s only female dancer. The show awarded with the highly reputed “ECHO Klassik Sonderpreis 2010“ and is touring around the world. 2010 her solo performance “andropolaroid“ won the Dance Price Cologne. 2013 she presented “Cadenza-Die Stadt im Klavier V” with Jazzpianistin Aki Tasase.
Yoshimasa Ishibashi – Visual artist, Film director
Born in Kyoto, JAPAN, to a family of traditional Kimono-textile designers. He studied Visual Art at the Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan and The Royal College of Art (RCA) in UK. In 1996 he founded the visual performance unit Kyupi Kyupi, and was invited to perform at Palais de Tokyo (Paris, FRANCE) and Tate Modern (London, UK) in 2003, among other places.
Ishibashi also creates many TV shows and films, like the 2000 television show “Vermillion Pleasure Night.” This program featured among its wacky sketches “Oh, Mikey!” (aka “The Fuccons”), chronicling the surreal adventures of an American family in Japan, all portrayed by mannequins was invited to the Berlin International Film Festival.
In 2011, he produced “Variable” at the Kyoto Experiment Festival, which successfully represented the Japanese traditional performing art (Noh-theater, Japanese dance, Japanese percussion etc.) in combination with high technological visual effects. In the latest Kyupi Kyupi highly acclaimed production “Atmesppai” (2012) was encompassing all sorts of visual media (2&3D projection, laser lighting or live visual feedback etc.), virtual and live musicians, contemporary dancers and huge stage set-like costume.
His latest feature film “Milocrorze”(2012) has been invited to various film festivals all over the world and has won many awards.
Cast & Credits
Concept / Dance / Sound / Text: Yui Kawaguchi
Concept / Direction / Visual / Music: Yoshimasa Ishibashi (Ishibashi Production)
Stereoscopic 3D-CG: Masahiro Teraoka (Galaxy of Terror)
Videotechnology: Ichiro Awazu
Costume: Sasha Kovac (SADAK)
Light & technology: Fabian Bleisch
Heartbeat Perception Unit: Hideyuki Ando (Osaka Univ.)
Tactile score: Rieko Suzuki (Facetherapie Co.Ltd) & Yasuhiro Suzuki, ph.D. (Nagoya Univ.)
Supervisor Cardiac Surgery & Tactile Design: Junji Watabane (NTT Communication Science Laboratories)
Production management: SatokoSuchi (JP)
Coproduction: Blueproject Foundation, DOCK 11 Berlin
Cooperation: JIRO (stage design), Aki Funabiki (visual design), Tetsujiro Suita & Akira Nihei (sound)
MakeUp & Hair: Ai Ikeda
A production by Yui Kawaguchi and Yoshimasa Ishibashi in coproduction with Blueproject Foundation and DOCK 11 Berlin.
Supported by Japan Foundation, Moomentary and SPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers 23300317 and 24520106.
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):