OPEN STATE, Tokyo Art Centre, Japan, 2015

Open State is a Pan-Asiatic dance and music collaboration, choreographed by renowned pioneer of integrative practice Adam Benjamin (including disabled and non-disabled dancers of Integrated Dance Company-Kyo) with ideation and music composition by architect/composer, Mathew Emmett. The work premiered at the Tokyo Art Centre, Japan, July 2015. The Art and Culture Promotion Fund, Arts Council Tokyo & The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation funded the project.

The score originates a ‘data specific’ soundscape for the purpose of creating an enabling structure for choreographic development.  The soundscape extends communication beyond the confines of the verbal and cultural barriers, allowing a new freedom for choreographic interpretation.

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