"true/本当のこと" in Europe

“true” in Europe

As part of Performing Arts Abroad Programme, in this Autumn, Japan Foundation implements the European 5 cities tour of “true”, a new sound, light and dance performance.

Stage photograph of true 1
Photo by Hiraku Ikeda

The new sound, light and dance performance, true is a stage performance piece that explores the relationship between the brain and the reality we face, and is, performed by two performers.
The white-floor stage is sandwiched by metal scaffoldings on both sides, has an circular truss 8 meters in diameter up in the ceiling to hang LED lights, a screen in the back onto which computer-generated graphic images are projected; and a table that looks like a simple, regular wooden table, although a bit bulky, but is in fact loaded with a number of mechanical devices, and works as the main“ neural center ” of the stage.

Stage photograph of true 4
Photo by Yohta Kataoka

On top of the table are some usual things like books, a photograph, a globe, cups and glasses, etc, and the two performers play with them, on, through and around the table. As for lighting, the digitally controlled LED technology enables instant color changes and high-speed synchronization for a whole -new lighting experience. For sound, oscillators are attached to the metal scaffoldings on either sides of the stage and shake them in synch with music and the performers ’ actions to enhance the acoustic experience of the audience.

Stage photograph of true 2
Photo by Yohta Kataoka

Using myoelectric sensors attached to the performers’ bodies, the above effects as well as visuals are linked and synched to, and even controlled by, the performers’ actions at amazingly high resolution levels that are only possible with today’s advanced technology. Filled with such new kind of light and sound, the theater space itself becomes the extension of the performers’ bodies that repeatedly flickers and vibrates to provide the audience with a totally new sensory experience.

true was created and premiered in the summer of 2007 at Japan ’s Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM] by a group of ten artists from different fields under the direction of Takayuki Fujimoto of Kyoto collective Dumb Type. The full stage set and systems were built inside YCAM’s Studio B where many experiments were made for about a month before the world premiere on September 1, 2007.

Stage photograph of true 3
Photo by Yohta Kataoka

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan (bunkacho), true is one of the first works in Japan to be co-produced by artists and three public art centers and theatres: 21st Century Art Museum, kanazawa, Yokohama Redbrick Warehouse and YCAM.
This tag-team production allowed a week for the piece to be revised and restaged in December 2007 at the 21st Century Museum, kanazawa and then at Yokohama Red Brick House. Then in 2008, true was toured at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore and Japan Society in New York.

This European tour would be a premiere to show true for European audiences. In conjunction with the performance tour, three of core members, Takayuki Fujimoto, Tsuyoshi Shirai, Takao Kawaguchi, undertake Refined Colours workshop. Working with LED lighting systems, they will provide a very unique opportunity for participants to broaden their horizon towards the integration of body and technology.

“true” Website:

Performing Arts Network Japan Website/ Artist Interview

Takayuki Fujimoto

Takao Kawaguchi

Tour Schedule

Newcastle Dates September 19 - 21, 2009
Venue *Refined Colors Workshop
Dance City
Amsterdam Dates September 25 - 26, 2009
Venue Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
Eindhoven Date September 29,  2009
Venue Parktheater
Düsseldorf Dates October 03 - 04, 2009
Venue Tanzhaus NRW
Frankfurt Dates October  09 - 10, 2009
Venue Künstlerlhaus Mousonturm
Paris Dates October  15 - 17, 2009
Venue The Japan Cultural Institute in Paris
(Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris)

Organised by The Japan Foundation as part of its Performing Arts Abroad Programme.
In cooperation with 

Tour coordination (Netherlands and Germany): Van Baasbank & Baggerman BV

In prior to European tour, “true” will be shown at Theater Tram, Tokyo on 6-9 August 2009

“true”a new sound, light and dance performance
70 mins (no intermission)

Creation members

Direction/ Lighting Design Takayuki Fujimoto (dumb type)
Choreography/ Dance Tsuyoshi Shirai (AbsT/baneto)
Choreography/ Text /Dance Takao Kawaguchi (dumb type)
Sound/Video/ Visual Design Takuya Minami (Softpad)
Sound/Oscillation/ Programming Daito Manabe
Video/Programming/ Web Satoshi Horii (rhizomatiks)
Table Design/ Mechanics Seiichi Saito (rhizomatiks)

Motoi Ishibashi (DGN)

Myoelectric sensing/
Vibration mechanism support
Masaki Teruoka (VPP)
Costume Design Noriko Kitamura
Production manager Koichiro Takagi (Hi Wood)
Stage manager So Ozaki (dumb type), Takuro Iwata (YCAM InterLab)
Technical supports YCAM InterLab
Color Kinetics Japan Incorporated
Tama TechLab
Producers Yamaguchi Center of Arts and Media [YCAM]
[Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion]

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa [Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation]
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse [Yokohama Arts Foundation]
Hi Wood
Dumb Type Office

A piece was commissioned by and created through a residency at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]

Special thanks
Alfred Birnbaum, Naomi Ota, Kyoko Koyama (Piano), Hal-Oh Togashi (Piano), Jonathan M. Hall, Sarah Teasley

“true” European tour members
Sound operator: Yoshihisa Fukuhara (dumb type)
Digital engineers: Yasushi Fukuzawa, Koichiro Mori
Video&Stage assistant: Ichiro Awazu (dumb type)

For further enquiries, please contact to:

The Japan Foundation
Performing Arts Section, Arts and Culture Department
Contact: Konno (Ms) Tel: +81 (0)3-5369-6063 Fax: +81 (0)3-5369-6038

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