Time x Space x Evolution. A narrative by five dance artists across different ages, nationalities and dance disciplines. Our belief that creativity comes best from crossing cultures is the driving force behind our art programme Encounters Across Cultures. This extension of the programme told the story of honoured tradition, modernity, harmony and new possibilities as dancers engaged and connected through contrasting movements and spaces.
The dance flowed through the Tokyu Department Store’s flagship store and on to the streets of Shibuya. As the show closed, they gathered on the store's rooftop where they “saluted” to the site's future as our new House.
“Dignity. Affection. Passion. Vitality. Nostalgia. To see the performers working collectively in constant pursuit of challenge and innovation, I cannot help but feel that this could be the driving force behind the emergence of new and as-yet-unseen traditions."
Yuh Egami, Choreographer
Our cross-cultural team of dancers and creatives came together for a captivating performance. Working towards a common goal with the shared language of movement, the team found inspiration in their differences to create a dance full of new possibilities.
"There were these moments of ‘void' – moments when our brains were silenced and time ceased to exist. It was just our breath and the 37 trillion cells in each of our bodies. We were tapping into each other’s passion for this once-in-a-lifetime artistic encounter. We all felt it – the dancers, the director and the crew. It transcended age, cultures and differences."
Patsy Lo, Executive Producer and Choreographer, sml Dance
Executive Producer - Patsy Lo | Choreographers - Yuh Egami & Patsy Lo | Dance Artists/Co-Choreographers | Beníto García, Gildas Lemonnier, Hana Sakai, Reijiro Tsumura, & Kyoka Yamamoto | Director - Riku Ozama | Producer - Hao Feng | Director of Photography - Gaku | Gaffer - Yamato Watanabe | Program Director & Producer from Studio Architanz - Miki Sato | Assistant Director - Tomoki Uchida | Drone Pilot - Shota Nakajima | Music Producer - Koki Togita | Composer - Kana Inukai | Violinist - Sena Ohshima | Cellist - Masabumi Sekiguchi | Sound Engineer - Shunpei Arai | 1st Camera Assistant - Kohei Nakanoya | 2nd Camera Assistants - Takuya Mishima & Yuhei Saito | Lighting Assistant - Hirari Okuyama | Still Photographer - Yuta Yoshida | Still Assistant - Soichiro Yamashita | BTS Videographer - Daisuke Ishihara | Hair & Make-up Artist – Yuui | Hair & Make-up Assistants - Miku Ozawa & Nao Sanada | Stylist - Yoko Kuramochi | Reijiro Tsumura’s Assistant – Asuka Nakamura | Production Manager - Toshiaki Takashima | Production Assistants - Tokiwa Harada, Yohei Inoue, Kenji Kishita & Yuki Koyama | Vehicle Manager - Masahiro Yokokawa | Drivers - Ryoko Iguchi & Masaaki Ito | Translation support - Naoko Kido & Moena Masuda | Film Production - Creative Hub Swimmy, HATCH Inc. | Participation of Mr. Yuh Egami by kind permission of the Hong Kong Ballet.
Special thanks to the support of Studio Architanz & Hisato Yamada & Kazumi Ohashi.