Illustration by WATANABE Kenichi
Evolving out of audience and artist feedback, the RAW performance series uses music, dance, theater, and dialogue to showcase the kind of raw expression difficult to achieve in an exhibition format. The site-specific performances harness the characteristics of the venue in Shibuya to present unconventional forms of expression.
For its third iteration, the series welcomes Ala oruz, a Kanazawa-based dance company with a focus on the joy of free physical expression. The performance is accompanied by the Otoasobi Project, known for its varied ensemble rooted in free improvisation that transcends performance style and genre, and the Okinawa-based musician Taka Yuhi, whose output encompasses everything from classical to jazz and Latin.
Who are the AKAZOKU? You encounter them on vacation when you accidentally wander into the area where they live. These “red idols” communicate using the means that work best for each individual. One of them might dance and express themselves through their body. Another might play a musical instrument and sing. Yet another may always stay quiet. Others keep watch over everyone. The members of the same group don’t necessarily all use the same language. And idols don’t necessarily have to move and perform in sync to be beautiful. The time spent with the AKAZOKU gives you valuable insights into how we view others. See for yourself who the AKAZOKU truly are!
*Conducted in Japanese.
|Title||Performance series “RAW” 03 Here Come “the AKAZOKU” Red Idols
|Date and Time||Sunday, 9 July 2023
*about 60 minutes
|Venue||Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Gallery 1
|Capacity||Up to 30 people in each time.
|Performers||ASANAGA Yasuaki（Ala oruz）、UO Rintaro（Ala oruz）、OIE Kosei（Ala oruz）、HAYASHI Yoshiki（Ala oruz）
music｜TAKAYAMA Masahiro（The Otoasobi Project）、YOSHIMI Masaharu（The Otoasobi Project）、TAKA Yuhi
Video Director｜NODA Ryo
|Staff||Sound effect｜UCHIKOSHI Shunji N&N
makeup artist｜ KAKUTANI Miyuki
Costume Designer｜HAYAKAWA Yumi
|Supporter||Families of Performers
|Organized by||Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
|Application start date||Saturday, 10 June
*In the order of arrival. *Applications are now closed as the seats are full.
|How to apply||Please use the application form below.
|Inquiry ||Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery RAW 03
Launched in 2019, Ala oruz is a Kanazawa-based dance company with a focus on the joy of free physical expression. Led by director Nakamura Kurumi, its monthly dance workshops feature the approximately twenty members, who all have intellectual and physical disabilities. Five members of the company perform in the dance documentary Nayami no Tane, a collaboration between filmmaker Noda Ryo and Nakamura.
The Otoasobi Project is an improvised music group from Kobe where differently abled members play together. They started in 2005 and continue to hold workshops twice a month. They have performed in many places in Kansai and other parts of Japan. They released the album "OTO" produced by Otomo Yoshihide in 2021. The documentary film "Whereabouts of Sound" directed by Ryo Noda had released in 2022.
Dance Documentary Nayami no Tane and Talk
In this documentary, five performers from the dance company Ala oruz express what makes them feel good through their bodies and words.
Enjoy this showcase of their sheer love for doing certain things.
The costumes worn by performers in Here Come the AKAZOKU Red Idols are also on display.