HAGOROMO - RYOKO AOKI + THE AMPLIFIED ELEPHANTS /// 13-15 OCTOBER /// BIG ANXIETY FESTIVAL
THE BIG ANXIETY FESTIVAL
SLOW LABEL, RMIT UNIVERSITY, RITSUMEIKAN UNIVERSITY
TECHNOLOGY ARTISTS: Shigenori Mochizuki /// Jonathan Duckworth /// Ross Eldridge
13-15 October, Thursday-Saturday, 8pm
JOLTED Arts Space 342 High St Northcote
AN ANGEL FROM THE MOON
a reimagining of Japanese Noh Theatre
The Amplified Elephants were delighted to be invited by Director Yoshie Kriss of Japanese production company, Slow Label, to work on a new live-streaming project with internationally acclaimed Noh singer Ryoko Aoki.
The story Hagoromo tells of angel from the moon, who travels to earth only to lose her cloak of invisibility. Sonically the production entwines avant-garde ambient electronics with the remarkable tradition of Noh singing. The marriage of old and new art forms is further celebrated through the visuals of this production, which overlay state of the art projection and 3D mapping technology with traditional Noh aesthetics. Researchers A. Prof. Jonathan Duckworth (CiART Labs, RMIT University), and A. Prof. Shigenori Mochizuki (Ritsumeikan University) have digitally captured Aoki’s performance so that it can be delivered entirely as an avatar alongside The Amplified Elephants in the live theatre space: Technology transforms the human artist into an angel.
Another key feature in our telling of this mythic story is the use of Disruptive Critters (Duckworth Hullick Duo): an interactive touch screen interface which is then digitally mapped through the performance space by Shigenori Mochizuki. The Amplified Elephants use Disruptive Critters as their central electronic sound generator.
Funded by: The Toyota Foundation, Interactive Arts and Disability: Creative Rehabilitation and Activity for Individuals with a Disability (Representative: Shigenori Mochizuki); Australia Japan Foundation. The development of a 15-minute version of this work was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The development of a 15-minute version of this work was supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.