Hiroaki Umeda is now 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 back ground, which considers not only physical elements as dance, but also optical, audio, sensorial and, above all, spatiotemporal components as part of the choreography. Photography: Shin Yamagata
When I started dance, I bought a computer because choreography is not only the human body, it’s also sound and the visual material of the piece. So the computer helped me a lot to realise my concept.
Hiroaki Umeda / Choreographer & artist, tokyo