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Conversations on Increasing Access in Dance ~ Appreciating Dance with Visually Impaired People ~

Dance Base Yokohama


I would like to see dance, but I am reluctant to go to the theater... What happens when we explore how to enjoy dance with the visually impaired, which is a hurdle even in Japan? In addition to auditory information such as music and sound, there are also physical contact and vibration, poetry and prose, and interpretation using various methods. These differences become riddles, and the riddles that are brought back may be the very essence of dance appreciation for each individual. A short document rich in suggestions.
©Naoshi HATORI.

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Basic information of the work

Screening time
22 minuets
Delivery deadline
There is no plan to end the distribution.

Accessibility of this work

  • Audio guide
  • Sign language
  • Barrier-free subtitles
  • Subtitles
  • Multilingual
  • Dubbing
  • Artist’s original barrier-free version
  • Non-verbal

About Accessibility

Accessibility of this work

Barrier-free Japanese subtitles: In addition to the name of the speaker and the language being spoken, the main sound information, such as music and sound effects, is written in Japanese.

Message from artist / creator

DaBY has started various initiatives with the aim of becoming a platform to “open dance” to society. For this project, we explored ways to appreciate dance with visually impaired people. We believe that this attempt will help break down the barriers to dance spectatorship and potentially undo the assumption that dance is difficult to “watch.” By sharing each other’s experiences in the same space, we hope we can recognize new sensations and appreciate dance more deeply.

Artist Profile

Dance Base Yokohama​

A dancehouse that designs and organizes projects that specifically aim to improve the Japanese professional dance environment and support emerging creatives. In order to approach dance through an interdisciplinary lens, the space will facilitate exchanges not only between artists such as choreographers and dancers, but also between musicians, visual artists, video artists, lighting designers, producers, production teams, critics, researchers, and audience members.


Project Member

Eri Karatsu (DaBY Artistic Director, Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Senior Producer)

Taku Yoshida, Nozomi Tanaka, Marika Niko (DaBY)
Mai Hyodo, Megumi Seki (precog co.,LTD.)
Kenta Hayashi, Morimitsu Urano, Mieko Nakagawa (Verbal Imaging Museum Tour with Visually Impaired People)

Project Partners
● Describers
Asa Ito (Future of Humanity Research Center at the Institute of Innovative Research, Associate Professor at the Institute for Liberal Arts, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Sayaka Osaki (Poet)
Takao Norikoshi (Writer, Dance Critic)
Natsumi Wada (Interpreter)​ ​

● Study Group Guest
Shoko Yamagami, Takako Matsuda (Palabra inc.)
Junji Watanabe (Senior Distinguished Research Scientist, Human Information Science Laboratory, Sensory Resonance Research Group)

● Performance Appearance
Udai Shika (Cellist)
Ryu Suzuki (Choreographer)
Kana Ikegaya, Kohei Fujimura, Mano Hatanaka, Yuka Kamimura (Dancer)

Masayoshi Idomoto
Yoshiko Ina
Masahiro Fujimoto
Akiko Matsumoto
Yasunori Yamazaki

Kenta Kojiri (DaBY Dance Evangelist / Dancer / Choreographer)
Saori Hala (DaBY Residence choreographer / Dancer / Artist)
Nao Yoshigai (videographer / choreographer / dancer)

Photo by Naoshi Hatori
Report Momoko Kawano

Performance work
“AFTER RUST” short version
Cast / Choreography / Art Ryu Suzuki
Music JS Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suite
Arrangement Udai Shika


Video Production Directors Univ

Video director Akihito Mima

Conversations on Increasing Access in Dance ~ Appreciating Dance with Visually Impaired People ~


1st December 11th (Friday)
2nd December 27th (Sunday)
3rd December 28th (Monday)

Venue Dance Base Yokohama

Planning / Production Dance Base Yokohama, precog Co., Ltd.
Sponsored by Dance Base Yokohama
Co-sponsored THEATER for ALL

Agency for Cultural Affairs Reiwa 2nd Year Strategic Arts and Culture Creation Promotion Project “Culture and Arts Profitability Enhancement Project”
Barrier-free video distribution platform business

THEATER for ALL precog Co., Ltd.