The Tale of the HEIKE, Tokyo

Designed by: Kazunobu Nakamura
For client: EGIKU JAPANESE-DANCE PRODUCTS Floor area: 158.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: Set Design of the Year

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© Atsushi Ishida

Three-dimensional stage design using the whole stage space

About the Project

The subject is "the Tale of the HEIKE" handed down for 800 years in Japan. Words to recite of minstrel conveyed an ancient story ceaselessly. We made a time tunnel on the stage by a fragment of words. The fragment of words soar up into the air. The fragment becomes the crystal of the light.

A three-dimensional stage design that uses the whole stage space. We grope for new Japanese dance, and this is a design of the stage art which aimed at the ideal form of Contemporary Japanese dance. Unlike traditional Japanese dance two-dimensional stage art, three-dimensional design that takes advantage of the entire stage space. A myriad of objects floating in the air surrounds the performer and reveals the light being irradiated on the space. The object draws a gradation in response to the movement of the performer and expresses the flow of time.
The point group which is design technique by a three-dimensional modeling and floats in the air was arranged freely like a petal dancing in the air. The space where light and darkness were produced strikingly makes the atmosphere of Japanese Dance develop in response to Dancer. We, analyzing the movements of the dancers, the placement of the point group were adjusted by modeling data the shape of a line connecting them. Its shape closing follows the dancer's movements, but we had to be careful in our design so as not to interfere with the dancer's movements.

What’s unique about it

For a long time the dance which protects and emphasizes silence more than an inherited uplifting feeling for hundreds of years was existence irrelevant to a modern aerial sense. We aimed to produce a worldview of new Japanese Dance of modern interpretation by this design. We let Japanese dance break with positioning of the succession of simple traditional arts. We drew out new charms in Japanese dance by utilizing digital technology for the design of the hard part as stage space. The shapes relate to the movement of the dancers, achieved through digital technology which isn't visible.

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© Atsushi Ishida

Three-dimensional stage design using the whole stage space

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© Atsushi Ishida

Myriad of objects floating in the air surrounds the performer

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© Atsushi Ishida

Time tunnel on the stage by a fragment of words

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© Atsushi Ishida

The fragment of words soars up into the air

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© Atsushi Ishida

The fragment becomes the crystal of the light

Heike Drawing 1

Installation design Plan

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Stereoscopic planning of word fragments

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Installation design Image

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Credits:
NAKAMURA KAZUNOBU DESIGN-WORKS

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