National Taichung Theater

2018 NTT-TIFA-Hiroaki Umeda’s Somatic Field Project《contour》

Black Box 
Date and Time
4 / 14 Sat. 14:30 │ 4 / 15 Sun. 14:30 
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※This program is without intermission.Please arrive early for the performance. Latecomers will not be admitted.

※This program may contain loud sounds and strobe lights. Viewer discretion is advised.

※Suggested for ages 12+

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Hiroaki Umeda is a small, compact and very focused dancer, commanding an unusual air of stillness on stage.– The Guardian

It is easy to forget that Hiroaki Umeda is actually a human being, the way he moves is how you'd imagine some unknown sea creature from the blackest depths to move. He can seemingly contract and expand himself, jerking and pulsating in unpredictable, abstract patterns. Australian Stage

An artist in exquisite control, Umeda creates a unique aesthetic here, resisting any sensationalism, overstatement or obviousness.
 Australian Stage, 2010 Melbourne International Arts Festival

Umeda channels energy, refracts atmospheres like a living prism. Herald Scotland

Hiroaki Umeda’s Somatic Field Project


Considered one of Japan's most representative avant-garde artists, Hiroaki Umeda is skilled in many art forms and technical fields. Continuing on the successes in Taiwan of his productions while going to a condition and Accumulated Layout and more recent productions Temporal Pattern and Haptic, Somatic Field Project contour stood out among the many submissions to the 2018 NTT-TIFA. Umeda believes that choreography is about composing “movements”, those of humans and of any entity that can move. Therefore, choreography is not only created for human bodies, but also for anything that moves within a space. Based on this belief, the focus of this project is on the interaction between light and the human body. By carefully eliminating the boundaries between light and the human body and treating them equally in a space, this project seeks to create “symbiosis” between these two moving entities. When a symbiotic interaction occurs, the space is transformed into a living organism.

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Hiroaki Umeda

Hiroaki Umeda


Creative and Production Team

Hiroaki Umeda, Choreography

Hiroaki Umeda is a choreographer and a multidisciplinary artist recognized as one of the leading figures of the Japanese avant-garde art scene. Since the launch of his company S20, his subtle yet violent dance pieces have toured around the world to audience and critical acclaim. His work is acknowledged for the highly holistic artistic methodology with strong digital background, which considers not only physical elements as dance, but also optical, sensorial and, above all, spatiotemporal components as part of the choreography. Based on his profound interest in choreographing time and space, Umeda has spread his talent not only as a choreographer and dancer, but also as a composer, lighting designer, scenographer and visual artist.

Drawing further from his now signature style of mixing digital imagery, minimal soundscape and extremely potent corporeality, Umeda’s solo works such as Adapting for Distortion (2008), Haptic (2008), Holistic Strata (2011) and split flow (2013) have transfixed the audience in major festivals and theatres worldwide.

In 2009, Umeda commenced his ten-year choreographic project “Superkinesis” working with dancers of distinct physical backgrounds. He explores kinetic languages by tuning into the subtle voices of the surrounding environment that only could be perceived by an acute sensorial receptor called dancers. GötenborgsOperans Danskompani in Sweden commissioned Umeda’s choreography piece, Interfacial Scale (2013). His choreographic work Peripheral Stream (2014) was premiered at Théâtre Châtelet in 2014, commissioned by the L.A Dance Project lead by Benjamin Millepied.

In order to extend his interest in providing an unknown sensorial experience to the audience, Umeda has been working on series of installations since 2010, which mainly focus on optical illusion and physical immersion. His string of works combining visual and physical sensation has earned him a Prix Ars Electronica, Honorary Mention, in 2010.

In 2014, he started “Somatic Field Project”, aiming at nurturing young dancers as well as his own movement method “Kinetic Force Method”.


Creative and Production Team

Choreography / Hiroaki Umeda

Dance / Somatic Field Project

Sound and Lighting Design / S20

Image Direction / S20


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