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New dance performance fromRhizomatiks Research × ELEVEN PLAY


  • 2015.12.4 - 6 | TOKYO | SPIRAL | Preview show

  • 2016.2.27 - 28 | YAMAGUCHI | YCAM

The performance is over.

Rhizomatiks Research × ELEVEN PLAY

  • Special support WHILL


After the preview show in December 2015 at Spiral Hall (Aoyama, Tokyo) of the long awaited new dance performance - a collaborative work of Rhizomatiks Research led by media artist Daito Manabe and Motoi Ishibashi, and dance company ELEVENPLAY led by choreographer MIKIKO - its contents and system have been drastically updated during the stay at YCAM, and is now ready to release the final, complete version of the show.
"border" executes a unique performance style, enabling only 10 people to individually experience the show per stage. It is an intimate virtual stage where the audience undergoes a realistic experience, different borders and changes unfolding in each of their sights. Making full use of the latest realtime AR technology and enabling virtual installation space into a dance stage, "border" is a futuristic work full of extremely innovative ideas.


"border" is an innovative style of dance performance since it consists of the participation of both dancer and audience. Audiences are able to feel the installation space with their senses by riding personal mobilities all controlled by the system. 10 WHILLs -the personal mobility audiences ride- are prepared, so that 10 people can join at one time of the performance. This means, audiences who do not ride WHILL can enjoy the stage from outside of the performance area. Those who rides WHILL, put on headset formed display of virtual reality at first, and the small camera is set up on the surface of that display. These WHILLs are controlled by the system through radio wave, so that people cannot control them directly, and 10 WHILLs move on the stage in each speed and movement by the control of automatic computer programs. "WHILL" is produced by the WHILL Inc.

With the start of dance performance, audiences can see the virtual space of the stage through the display they put on, and also the real scene through the camera set up on the headset formed display. AR, augmented reality, enables people to enjoy both scenes of virtual and real, so that they can appreciate the stage from each point of view while each WHILL moves around. On the stage, some dancers of ELEVENPLAY share the space with WHILL, and perform their dance. In the AR, the seamless transition of real movements of real dancers and virtual movements of virtual dancers on the data, are showed to audiences on the WHILL. Then audiences can be greatly excited by the both worlds of spatial and physical expression. Since real dancers touch audiences sometimes, they may be pulled back to the real space, and realized themselves as the real physical existence. This installation space will be presented as one that can be appreciated from outside of the stage as well.


- Dates
February 27th (Saturday) - 28th (Sunday), 2016
- Venue/Event space
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], Studio B
7-7 Nakazono-cho, Yamaguchi
- Time Schedules
Part 1: 12:00~14:30, total 6 stages
Part 2: 15:30~18:00, total 6 stages
Part 3: 19:00~21:30, total 6 stages
  • *Last admission will be at 21:00.
  • *Time required for the performance will take around 40 minutes, included 10 minute headset fitting.
  • *We will temporary close the performance place for system maintenance during 14:30-15:30 and 18:00-19:00.
- Ticket
The tickets will be available from January 9th at 10:00am.
- Price
Admission + Participation Ticket: 4,500 yen (inc. taxes) - General, 3,500 yen (inc. taxes) - Student DiscountSOLD OUT
Admission Ticket: 500 yen (inc. taxes)
  • *Admission tickets will be only sold at door on the day.
  • *Student discount tickets must show student identification card. If you don’t show, you will pay the difference.
Ticket Agency: Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
Inquiry and Contact about the tickets

Performance Schedule

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
  • *For the participants: *Please come to check-in at least 20 minutes prior to the performance. *We will require to submit a written agreement and description when you participate the performance.

Please read the following note below and buy the tickets.

- About the system of "Virtual Reality"
This dance installation uses virtual reality, VR, and augmented reality, AR, in direction; thus, we will require to fit headset to the participants.
- People who should avoid participating in this interactive performance
・Persons with any of following conditions: (1)expectant mothers, (2)elderly people, (3)visually impaired persons, (4)mental diseases, (5)heart conditions, (6)persons who have experienced an attack, faint, and epileptic seizure, (7)the those under 13.
・Please avoid participating for others who have serious physical or mental problems. Please note that a temporary dizziness, a convulsion with epileptic seizure, and a faint from flashing lights might be occurred to some people.
- Glasses and VR Display cannot be used at together. We will change the VR Display lens to corrected vision lens.
- About personal mobility “WHILL”
・This dance installation will require to ride on the personal mobility WHILL. For the convenience of the product, only those under 100kg may participate in rides.
・A ticket can use one person per one time. Please refrain from ridding with preschooler on your knees for the safety.


Stage Director / Choreographer
Creative Director / Technical Director
Daito Manabe (Rhizomatiks Research)
Technical Director / Hardware Engineer
Motoi Ishibashi (Rhizomatiks Research)
Visual Programmer
Satoshi Horii (Rhizomatiks Research)
Music&Sound Program
Software Engineer
Yusuke Tomoto (Rhizomatiks Research), Yuya Hanai (Rhizomatiks Research)
Hardware Engineer
Katsuhiko Harada (Rhizomatiks Research)
Lighting Designer
Takayuki Fujimoto (Kinsei R&D)
Visual Effect Engineer
Akira Iio (McRay CG), Akira Miwa (McRay CG), Ryoichi Kuboike (McRay CG)
Movie Producer
Takahiro Kashima (P.I.C.S.)
Toshitaka Mochizuki (Rhizomatiks Research), Youichi Sakamoto (Rhizomatiks Research)
3D Model Editor
Tatsuya Ishii (Rhizomatiks Research)
Costume Designer
Binaural Processing
Katsuhiro Chiba
Sound flow Generation
Itsuqi Doi
Stage Manager
Yoshiko Haraguchi, Daijiro Kawakami
Technical Production Manager
Shintaro Kamijo (Rhizomatiks Research)
Web / Graphic Designer
Hiroyasu Kimura (Rhizomatiks desig), Kentaro Mito (armsnox),Kaori Fujii (Rhizomatiks Design)
Hidenori Chiba (Rhizomatiks Research)
Assistant Producer
Ayumi Ota (Rhizomatiks Research), Yoko Shiraiwa (ELEVENPLAY), Sakiko Yasue (ELEVENPLAY)
Rhizomatiks Research
Headphone Provider
Sony Marketing (Japan) Inc.
Special Support
Support on 3D Scan and Motion Capture
Crescent inc.
Support on Lighting Equipment
Color Kinetics Japan Inc.,Pi PHOTONICS Inc
Support on Projection
ELEVENPLAY *Appearance only in Spiral shows
Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
n association with:
Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefectural Board of Education<http://ejje.weblio.jp/content/Iwate+Prefectural+Board+of+Education
Subsidized by:
Technical Support:
YCAM InterLab
Planning and Production:
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media