Grinder-Man (JP)
THU September 4, 2014, 8 PM-8:30 PM, 9:15 PM-9:45 PM
FRI September 5, 2014, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM, 7:30 PM-8:30 PM, 9 PM-10 PM
SAT September 6, 2014, 2 PM-3:30 PM, 7:30 PM-8:30 PM
SUN September 7, 2014, 1:30 PM-3 PM


Taking an artistically playful approach to the here & now is the passionate pursuit of Japanese performance art collective Grinder-Man. Their eight-minute-long experience entitled “Mirage” is dedicated to an age-old yearning: the blurring of the past and future and thus the dissolution of the reality to which we’re accustomed.

Into New Dimensions

The vehicle to achieve this is a substitutional reality system including data glasses, headphones and camera provided by the Riken Brain Science Institute. This equipment enables the user to enter undreamt-of dimensions of reality, as they behold two “real” dancers who, for their part, dance with the projection of their previously filmed performance.

Who’s Who?

Now, this alone wouldn’t be all that confusing, but the sophisticated system makes it impossible to distinguish the real protagonists from the virtual ones. “Mirage” invites its audience members to enjoy this loss of control over reality and to reinvent themselves in hyper-reality.



Artistic Director: Hitoshi Taguchi (Grinder-Man / JP)
Choreography & Dance: Makiko Izu, Taiju Matsumoto (Grinder-Man / JP)
Concept: Naotaka Fujii (Riken / JP)
SR System Design & Development: Sohei Wakisaka (Riken / JP)
SR System Program Support: Yu Okano, Takamitsu Hamajo (Riken / JP), Michihiko Ueno (Tokyo University (JP), Naoto Noguchi (TDU / JP), Seiya Takei (UEC / JP), Jun’ichi Nakano (buffer Renaiss / JP)
Music & Sound Design: evala (port, ATAK / JP)
Lighting Design: Yasuhiro Fujiwara (JP)
Production Crew Chief: Satoru Oyamada (Haletoke Inc. / JP)
Technical Director: Yutaka Endo (Luftzug / JP)

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