Dancers and Programmers wanted for “RAM CAMP in Kyoto 2017”

June 14, 2017

[Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto Exchange Program]
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]: RAM Camp in Kyoto 2017

Programming Evolves Dance
A five-day workshop with creative talent from China, Japan and South Korea

참가자 모집(한국어)

As an exchange program within Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto, Kyoto Experiment will organize 「Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]: RAM Camp in Kyoto 2017」 a five-day dance-technology crossover workshop with dancers, choreographers and programmers from Japan, China and South Korea.

Reactor for Awareness in Motion (RAM) is a dance and technology research and development project, directed by YCAM since 2010. It creates virtual environments for dancers to perform in and develops new choreography tools.

The RAM process starts by using motion capture technology to capture the movements of a dancer’s body, which are then shown as an avatar on a screen or monitor. A virtual environment is designed with programming to change according to the movements of the dancer. For example, a dancer may be inspired to create new kinds of movement as they view the animation of a virtual world where their appearance is flipped upside down or they are chased by their past self. At the same time, programmers participate in choreography by coding the environments that stimulates the imagination of the dancers in this way.

During the five-day workshop, teams are formed with the dancers, choreographers, directors and programmers from the three countries. The participants then work together to create new forms of dance. They first attend study sessions (programming for dancers, dance for programmers) in order to understand how each other thinks and works, before using the toolkit developed by YCAM to create dance in novel way. On the final day, the results of the workshop are presented.

The workshop is a unique opportunity for technology and dance creators from three countries to collaborate via the RAM platform, learning about each other’s differences and building a creative dialogue.

>> Online Application Form

◎Application Deadline
August 6th 2017
Applicants will be notified of the result by email by August 20th.

◎Eligible Candidates
1-a)Dancers, choreographers and directors (with 5 years or more experience of making their own original work) interested in collaborations between dance (physical expression) and technology
1-b)Programmers (with experience in openFrameworks coding) interested in collaborations between dance (physical expression) and technology
2)A resident of Japan, the People’s Republic of China or South Korea
3)Able to participate in all days of the workshop, October 25th - October 29th, 2017 (10:00–17:00) and presentation on the final day.
Communication between participants will be conducted primarily in English.

October 25th – October 29th, 2017 with a public presentation held on the final day.

North Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
13 Okazaki Saishojicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8342

YCAM InterLab, Kenta Kojiri, Motoi Shimizu(backspacetokyo)

Dancers/Choreographers/ Directors: 3 per country (total: 9)
Programmers: 3 per country (total: 9)
Total: 18 participants


◎Support During Stay
Participants from China and South Korea:
Round-trip air ticket from country of residence to Kansai International Airport
Transport from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto
Accommodation during workshop

Participants from Japan:
Round-trip travel costs to Kyoto (restrictions apply)
Accommodation during workshop (for participants traveling from a long distance)

Food and insurance costs are not included.

◎Required Items (All Participants)
Laptop computer x 1 (OS: Windows 8; Mac OS X 10.11.5 or later)
Clothing and footwear suitable for moving

◎Recommended for the Following Applicants:
People who want to use technology to develop dance or physical expression
People who want to develop projects related to the body through programming
People who want to bring new ideas into their current creative field
People who want to build a global network with a wide range of creative talent

Briefing sessions will be held in each country with a demonstration of the RAM system used in the workshop.

●Beijing Briefing
Date: 2nd July 10:30
Venue: Chaoyang District Cultural Center Beijing Chaoyang District Shojoshinjimari 17

●Seoul Briefing
Date: 13th July 16:00
Venue: Korea National Contemporary Art Museum Seoul Pavilion Education Building DAL Lounge (Digital Archive Lounge) 30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 0 3062
Contact: 02-3701-9573

●Tokyo Briefing
Date: 20th July 19:00
Venue: FabCafe MTRL (2F Dogenzaka Pia, 1-22-7 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
>> Access
Please make reservations online (Japanese only)
Inquiries: E-mail Inquiry Form

RAM Website

E-mail Inquiry Form

Presented by Culture City of East Asia 2017: Kyoto Executive Committee, Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee, Kyoto City

Developed and Directed by YCAM InterLab, Yoko Ando 

Cooperation: Chaoyang District Culture Center, Beijing, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Beijing 9 Contemporary Dance Theater, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture / Seoul Dance Center, KOREA CREATIVE CONTENT AGENCY, FabCafe Tokyo

Agency for Cultural Affairs Arts and Culture Creativity Platform Project 2017

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