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dance break!!! enra, “primitive”

Today’s dance break feature is Enra, a dance company based in Japan that fuses elements of technology, dance, and performance art. The result is a breathtaking visual experience that captures your attention and imagination. A company of only 5 members of diverse training (one was the Green Power Ranger!) and led by Director/ Visual Artist Nobuyuki Hanabusa, the Tokyo-based company dances in sync to a computer-generated projection of balls, spheres, lines, and curves racing across the screen, giving the illusion that their movement creates the effects. After a friend shared one of their pieces on Facebook, I was captured by the visuals, which are very similar to how my mind interprets movement. Immediately interested, I delved into researching the company and their pieces, which range from fun (“Primitive”, below) and dramatic (“Beginning”) to serene (“Pleiades”) and epic (“Fuma-kai”). With music groups like Perfume and performers like Beyoncé taking advantage of it, the advent of projection technology as well as its use in everyday culture is beginning to start the trend of much more multi-media specific performance pieces. It’ll be interesting to see who will be the next to innovate this technology into a commonplace performance media.

Check out Enra on the offical site here and learn more about their director and his works here.

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