Project Arts Centre presents



Dates: 17 May - 18 May

Show Time: 9:00pm

Tickets: €20


Young Japanese choreographer and artist Hiroaki Umeda will present two of his works, recognised for their integration of the latest computing technology and his street-dance influenced movement style. In Haptic, a dense electronic music score and a stage flooded with changing colours and strips of light provide the environment for his darting and gliding movements to unfold.

Adapting for Distortion creates an almost disturbing, otherworldly atmosphere in which the boundaries of Umeda’s body and the audience’s sense of time become blurred by a digitally created light grid projected onto the stage. As he undulates, pops and locks, his body seems to slowly fade away and go out of focus in those luminous spirals of light until it becomes just a vibration, a quiver of the flesh, a shadow.

Born in Japan in 1977, Hiroaki Umeda first studied photography. Based in France, he founded his company S20 in 2000 and has toured widely in Europe, Asia and North America.

“Like a tin man with oil flowing freely through his veins, Mr. Umeda mirrored the pulsating score with an accumulation of motion.” Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

Strobe lighting is used in this performance.

There will be a Post-Show Discussion on Wed 18th May

As part of the 2011 Dublin Dance Festival programme.

Performance Dates, Tickets and Information

9PM, 17 & 18 MAY Jun 2011~

Tickets: €20/18 (CONC)

Post-Show Discussion: Wed 18th May

Duration – 60 mins (including interval)

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Strobe lighting is used in this performance.

*Concession tickets are available, with valid identification, to Students, Senior Citizens, Equity Members and the Unwaged.

BOOKING: (+353 1) 881 9613


Group discounts available in advance only, ask to speak to Melanie or email (Mon-Fri during office hours)


Our seating is unreserved so you will choose your seat on the night of the performance. We advise you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time as we are unable to seat patrons once a performance has begun.

Before the show, why not…?

…have a look around our gallery. During exhibitions our gallery is open Mon-Sat from 11AM until the performance begins…. …or catch up with your friends by having a drink in our bar. We offer a full bar service so if you just can’t wait to talk about the show join us afterwards for another.

Parking Offer

Present your Project Art Centre ticket (evening performances only) at the Fleet Street Car Park and you will qualify for a special fixed price of just €5. Ask at box office for more information.


Want to grab a bite to eat before the show? Why not pop down to Milano Restaurant in Temple Bar and pick their pre-theatre menu – Pizza, Pasta or Salad plus and a glass of wine – for just €12.50. Available from 5pm -7pm, just show your tickets or email booking confirmation to avail of this offer.

And if you’re in a rush remember that Milano also delivers to Project Arts Centre. Choose from a range of delicious made to order pizzas delivered to you in our bar. No queues and no need to even leave the building. Ask a member of our bar staff for more information.milano

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Creation/performance: Hiroaki Umeda

Haptic: Produced by S20. Co-produced by Théâtre de Nîmes and Festival d’Automne à Paris

Adapting for Distortion: Produced by S20. Co-produced by Le Studio/ Le Manège – Scène nationale de Maubeuge and Romaeuropa 2008.

Hiroaki Umeda is supported by EU Japan Fest and Japan Foundation.

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