Beautiful collision of light, sound and dance

Beautiful collision of light, sound and dance
Hiroaki Umeda's Temporal Pattern will be staged as part of the da:ns festival 2013 Shift programme.

Despite performing numerous solo shows across the globe, Hiroaki Umeda does not consider himself a dancer. The 35-year-old prefers the term "multidisciplinary artist", and watching his pieces, it is easy to see why.

His works are a beautiful collision of light, sound and dance, which bury or highlight the human form in an avalanche of multimedia.

Umeda, who studied photography at the Nihon University in Japan, designs each element himself, with split-second precision and mind-bending light shows featuring heavily in his work.

He says in an e-mail interview: "I believe that all parts of a dance piece can be choreographed. For me, dance is designing movements, so I do lighting, sound and video as part of the choreography. If dance is not necessary in a piece, I won't even put in dance."

He will be presenting a double bill, comprising Holistic Strata and Temporal Pattern.

The first is a solo work, featuring Umeda in the middle of a snowstorm of white light projected onto and around him.

He says: "I would describe this piece as a visual kinetic installation with a body, rather than a dance. My desire was to cover the whole space with a lot of abstract movements, to make something more than abstract."

The second part of the double bill, Temporal Pattern, was commissioned by the Esplanade for the festival. In it, three dancers from Taiwan, India and Cambodia occupy a stage bathed in straight geometric lines, while drawing on their own cultural backgrounds to inspire their movement.

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