Enra: Pleiades

Pleiades combines elements of dance, performance art, music, technology, light, music and more. In this video, the dancers Saya Watatani and Maki Yokoyama of the Japanese multimedia dance and martial arts troupe, Enra, perform with light animations produced by Nobuyuki Hanabusa and Seiya Ishii, to music by Nobuyuki Hanabusa.

The performance is a representation of the Pleiades constellation, commonly called Subaru in Japan. Apparently the word has Buddhist connections, meaning ‘united’ or ‘getting together’. The car company Subaru has stars in its logo, and Subaru is the name of Japan’s new optical-infrared telescope in Hawaii.

A few months before Pleiades, Enra and director Nobuyuki Hanabusa wowed the Olympics Committee with ‘Fuma-Kai’. Another incredible multimedia performance piece you can see here.

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March 26, 2014 · 2:07 pm

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