Interdisciplinary Conference


in Art & Science

27-29 September 2023, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta

Takekurabe: interactive choreography and audiovisual performance
Event Hours: 27/09/2023 (12:00)
Location: Concert Hall [H]
Mary Randou, Yoshimitsu Yoshiya, Iannis Zannos, Vicky Bisbiki

A telematic dance performance between one dancer in Malta and one dancer in Japan, accompanied by live sound synthesis and live graphics synthesis. The two dancers create a dialog by coordinating their dance and communicating through the sound produced from their movements tracked by wearable wireless sensors. “Takekurabe” refers to a short story by Ichiyo Higuchi, a pioneer woman novelist in 19th century Japan, adapting an episode from the classic 9th century collection “Tales of Ise” to the contemporary social reality of early industrialised Japan in the Meiji period. It is a tale of lost innocence about the romantic friendship of children growing up and playing together in a working class neighbourhood.

Curated by Hub of Art Laboratories (Greece)

Mary Randou

Dancer and Choreographer Maria Randou is a Graduate of the State School of Dance Arts in Athens. She collaborates with dance groups and choreographers in Greece and abroad, participating in international festivals since 2004. She was assistant choreographer for the opening ceremony of the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, and participated in the opening ceremony of the 25th Athens Classic Marathon. In 2015 she wa member of Dimitris Papaiōannou's choreographic team for the opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. In 2012 she co-founded Garage21 and the Garage Performing Arts Center. She has collaborated with Fotis Nikolaou, Euripides Laskaridis, Dimitris Papaiōannou, Risa Steinberg, Alexandra Waierstall, Greek National Opera, Ariane Economou, Konstantinos Rigos, Richard Alston, Martin Lawrence, Hellenic Dance Company, N.Q.R projects, Akin, Analysis Dance company, Yelp, Dimitra Trypani, Giorgos Grigorakis, and the Municipal and Regional Theatre of Corfu. As a choreographer with Garage21 dance group she presented amongst others the solo performance "Casp", and "The Meat Served at Dinner".

Yoshimitsu Yoshiya

Performer and director Yoshimitsu Yoshiya holds a bachelor degree in Art history from Doshisha University (2019) and a Masters Degree in Intermedia from Tokyo University of the Arts. He creates performance works focusing on object theater, a genre of puppetry. He explores ways of encountering non-humans and others while using a variety of techniques, including dance, singing, acting, instrumental performance, juggling, and puppetry. Recently, he has been focusing on the relationship with family and others and trying to relate to objects as holders of those memories.

Iannis Zannos

Iannis Zannos has a background in music composition, ethnomusicology and interactive performance.He has worked as Director of the Music Technology and Documentation section at the State Institute for Music Research (S.I.M.) in Berlin, Germany, and Research Director at the Center for Research for Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches audio and interactive media arts at the Department of Audiovisual Arts of the Ionian University, Corfu. Since 2018 he focusses on telematic dance performance with a series of works between Greece, Japan and other countries.

Vicky Bisbiki

Vicky Bisbiki is a Visual Artist and Creative Technologist. From chaos to order and from order to chaos is a main point of interest in her artworks. In her projects she combines new technologies, programming languages, interactive synthesis and processing of live visuals, sensors, cameras and 3d projection mapping in order to create non linear narratives and to approach the potentials of the space in relationship with human. She owns a postgraduate degree in Audio Visual Arts (Ionian University, Corfu, Greece) and a joint master degree in ‘Arts et Technologies de l'Image’ (Fine Arts University, Athens, Greece & Paris 8, Paris France). She has participate in collaborative projects, theatrical plays, festivals, cultural and research projects in Greece and abroad, such as: Centre Dramatique National la Commune Paris, Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, Οnassis Cultural Centre, the Benaki Museum, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, National Theater of Greece and others. She is a member of the artistic collective Medea Electronique since 2015.


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