YCAM InterLab + Yoko Ando Joint Research and Development Project "Reactor for Awareness in Motion" Workshop

Date/Time :
2013-02-23 (Sat)18:00-22:00
2013-02-24 (Sun)10:00-17:00
Venue :
Studio A /
Admission :

2,000 Yen (Includes Admission for the presentation)
*Reservation Required

Reserve Ticket

Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
Tickets Information[YCAM]: +81-83-920-6111

Instructors: Yoko Ando, YCAM InterLab, Yoshito Onishi, Satoru Higa, Motoi Shimizu, Kyle McDonald, Cyril Baldy, Atsushi Tadokoro
UP to 30 participants
For dancers, choreographers and programmers who are interested in creativity based on dance and technology. Programmers are suggested to be familiar with openFrameworks.
Items to bring: Laptop computer (recommended minimum specs=CPU: Core2Duo, 2.33 GHZ / Memory: 2 GB / OS: Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.6 / have openFrameworks 0073 installed), work-out clothes and shoes

The evolving relationship between body and perception mediated by technology
Introducing the outcome of YCAM's Joint Research Project with Yoko Ando

Yoko Ando + YCAM InterLab "Reactor for Awareness in Motion" promotional video from YCAM on Vimeo.

With the aim of exploring new possibilities in dance and technology, YCAM, together with Yoko Ando, a leading dancer from The Forsythe Company, and software development experts from US and Japan, carried out the "Reactor for Awareness in Motion" project, focusing on the research and development of tools for dance creation. A workshop in which participants create a dance piece using the tools developed in the project will take place as well.

RAM: A machine that expands our notion of body movement.

Together with Yoko Ando, YCAM has been working on the "Reactor for Awareness in Motion (RAM)" project, focusing on the research and development of tools for dance creation, since 2011. RAM is based on the idea of perceiving dance as something generated from a dialogue between bodies and the environment, stage space and other dancers, rather than pre-determined choreography. A new scheme of dance accompanying a different perception of the body emerges from this conception. Through this project, a tool has been developed that can apply a virtual environment to a dancer's body. Dancers inherently discover rules and strategies to create new dance with this tool.

RAM Dance Toolkit

The tool currently being developed uses motion capture technology to detect the movements of dancers, then converts the responses from the surrounding environment into images, sounds and vibrations. Since the environment can be programmed by the users, the application's potential is great. Once development is completed, the tool will be packaged as "RAM Dance Toolkit" and made publicly available as open source. An education program utilizing the tool is to in development as well.

Meet the cutting-edge of dance and technology: Workshop

At the end of the two-year research project, research participants will present their results. A workshop is currently being developed in which participants will create a dance piece using the tool. Research participants Yoko Ando, YCAM InterLab, Yoshito Onishi, Satoru Higa, Motoi Shimizu, Kyle McDonald and Cyril Baldy will demonstrate how to use the tool, describe its technical details and conduct an interactive exercise. By building mutual understanding, participants will create a dance piece as a group. It is hoped that this workshop, where cutting edge dancers and programmers gather, facilitates collaboration between dance and technology and expands the boundaries of what art can accomplish.

How to apply

Email or FAX the items below

- Name, Address, Male / Female, Date of Birth
- TEL or Email Address
- Dancer / Choreographer / Programmer (Be specific if not above)
- Previous experience in dance, programming or other relevant activities.


Organized by: Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
In association with: Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi City Board of Education
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2012
Special support: Goethe Institut
Equipment cooperation: NAC Image Technology, Motion Analysis Corporation, Color Kinetics Japan Incorporated
Produced by: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]