Hiroaki Umeda

May 14, 2009
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Engaging… Like a tin man with oil flowing freely through his veins, Mr. Umeda mirrored the pulsating score with an accumulation of motion…   The New York Times

Dazzling… eye-popping … Umeda uses very specific limited movement, seemingly becoming a three-dimensional force emanating from the screen, part MATRIX, part TRON, trapped in a digitized computer world… a beautiful, exhausting display of raw physical talent and studied control.   TWI-NY.com (This Week in NY), Mark Rifkin

Cool, minimalist, high-tech hip hop… Umeda has made of dance a total theater under the control of his photographer’s eye. He certainly has new tricks to teach American hip hop dancers seeking fresh ways to translate their skills to the concert stage.
   Infinite Body, Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Multidisciplinary solo artist Hiroaki Umeda commands all elements of his unique spectacle: choreography, dance, lights and computerized sound and video images. Minimal and radical, subtle and provocative, Umeda’s extraordinary butoh/street dance-inspired choreography appears within an environment of sparse, dramatic lighting, flashing cyber-imagery, electronic beats and crackling digital soundscapes. Based in Tokyo, Umeda studied photography and began dancing at the age of 20, delving into his own extraordinary original movement and refining a powerful sensuality in his work. Umeda founded his company S20 in 2000 and has since created numerous works that have been presented at dance festivals and theaters throughout Asia, Europe, South America and the U.S.

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$28/$25 Japan Society members

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  • Thursday, May 14, 2009
  • 7:30 pm