The CHROMA performance of the co-founder of the world-famous Japanese artistic team Dumb Type, Shiro Takatani, arrives for the jubilee edition of ONE DANCE WEEK this autumn in Plovdiv. Dance lovers will be able to immerse themselves in an image and sound experiment on two consecutive days, October 6 and 7, at 19:30 at Boris Hristov House of Culture in the City under the hills.
CHROMA is a dance of light and shadows in which visual effects and large-scale graphics follow every step of the performers on stage as if to overcome and absorb them. Choreographer Shiro Takatani overcomes the laws of physics and modern optical technology to make the audience look for meaning in the hundreds of images they see on the screen every day. That’s how we are, in fact, constantly seeing and creating the world around us.
Takatani is inspired, first of all, by the music of Simon Fisher Turner, and then by the last book of the English director-avant-garde, artist and screenwriter Derek Jarman – “CHROMA: A Book of Color” (1994). The performance is filled with poetry, anecdotes, quotes by Aristotle, Leonardo, Newton, Goethe, Wittgenstein and other celebrities, as well as reflections on loss of vision – Jarman himself loses his vision at the end of his life.
Since the shift from analog to digital technologies, we have been blessed with high-resolution sound and video. However, how can we recover the meaning in them? Or have we forgotten everything? As Spinoza, who polished lenses in order to see the beauty of the world, we have technologies today which are able to capture any moment and observe the world in minute detail, but do we employ them in a meaningful way? So far, it seems, we reach only convincing façades, and not the actual and often harrowing beauty of the real. Chroma is not founded upon a script, it is rather an experiment, which strives to rediscover art as pure experience. – Shiro Takatani, Janyary 2012.
CHROMA will be presented with the support of EU JAPAN FEST in partnership with Plovdiv 2019 Foundation, Japanese Embassy in Sofia, Friends of Japan Club in Bulgaria, Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan for 2017 fiscal year and Japan Foundation.
Festival tickets presale has already started at the price of 45 BGN. The number of promotional passes is limited and following August 31 their price will be increased to 55 BGN.
The tickets for the show CHROMA are also available for 10, 15 and 20 BGN.
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Shiro Takatani is an improvisational artist who graduated from the Kyoto Academy of Arts and co-founded the Dumb Type in 1984. He managed to make a breakthrough with his first independent installation, Frost Frames (1998), which provoked the interest of many museums, festivals and theaters around the world. Takatani’s work is presented at Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin), Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Romaeuropa Festival / MACRO (Rome), Royal Academy of Arts (London), Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon (Lyon), GREC (Barcelona), Festival de Otoño (Madrid), Tokyo Tokyo Contemporary Art Museum (Tokyo), Lil 2004 – European Capital of Culture, NTT InterCommunication Center – ICC (Tokyo), Yamaguchi Center for Media and Arts (YCAM).
Takatani created and produced 3 theater-dance performances – “La chambre claire” (2008), referring to Roland Barthes’s essay La camera lucida; CHROMA (2012), inspired by Derek Jarman’s Chroma: A Book of Color with original music by Simon Fisher Turner, and ST/LL (2015) in which he is exploring whether art or science can ever truly express this world.
In 1998, Takatai was invited by Art Zoyd and the Lille National Orchestra to create a video for a work from the Dangerous Visions cycle, a project that combines symphonic music, new music technologies and visual arts. During this period, Takatani met the musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, which led to the beginning of an exceptional collaboration between them. Together they created the installation “LIFE-fluid, invisible, inaudible …” (2007) at Yamaguchi Media Center (YCAM) and Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art. Takatani and Sakamoto took part in 3 spectacles created by Moriaki Watanabe: Project Mallarmé I, II and III that combine text, music, theater and dance and were presented at the Shunjuza Performing Arts Center in Kyoto in 2010-2012. In 2013 and 2014, the two, featuring performer Mansai Nomura, presented the LIFE WELL show at the Yamaguchi Center on its 10th anniversary, an installation of the same name, and another new one called “water state 1”.
Takatani also collaborated with sculptor Fujiko Nakaya during the first edition of the International Biennale in Valencia in 2001 – the IRIS outdoor installation at the port of the city. Later Takatani signed two more large-scale contracts with her – CLOUD FOREST (2010), inside and outside the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), and the sculpture at the National Historical Park of Asuka in Nara.
The artistic team Dumb Type was founded in Kyoto in 1984 by a diverse group of artists: dancers, actors, musicians, architects, programmers and others. Precisely due to this is the variety in their productions over the years: dance spectacles, art installations, performances, audio-visual programs. Regardless of the form, the essence clearly is in social and political apathy, in technological reality in a global rather than a local scale. It is no coincidence that Dumb Type’s late artistic director, Teiji Furuhashi, was a prominent activist against HIV / AIDS.
Dumb Type collective has been traveling around the world, to show their multidisciplinary style with works, such as “Pleasure Life” (1988), “pH” (1990-1995) and “S / N” (1992-1996). After Furuhashi’s death in 1995, some of the members left the company, and in their place came new ones. Composer Ryoji Ikeda was among the newcomers. The group continued to operate under the guidance of Shiro Takatani and created a number of spectacles, such as “OR” (1997-1999), “Memorandum” (1999-2003), “Voyage” (2002-2009) and so on.
ONE DANCE WEEK is organized by ONE Foundation for Culture and Arts in partnership with the America for Bulgaria Foundation. THE PROJECT IS PART OF THE PROGRAM OF PLOVDIV – EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2019.
The festival is organised with the general support of Visa – a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to use electronic payments instead of cash and checks, and of Programista; – one of the fastest-growing IT companies in Bulgaria which was recognised as Software Company of the Year 2017 by BASSCOM and BOA.
The festival’s team would like to thank the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, Czech Center Sofia, EU JAPAN FEST committee, the Embassy of Japan in Sofia, “Japan friends in Bulgaria” Club and the Embassy of Czech Republic in Sofia.