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 Post subject: Dumb Type (Japan)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2002 4:43 pm 
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Image <P>Justin Hayford - Chicago Reader, 02.22.02:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>MEMORANDUM</B><P>Dumb Type, by contrast, appear regularly at the world's highest-profile venues, where their exquisitely trained bodies, technical wizardry, and lyrical, explosive imagery place them among the elitest of the elite.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><B>more...</B><P>IMO this is one of the best companies using dance theatre & technology out there. Their last show, OR, just blew me away. The techical side of their works is seamless and makes so many other dance-tech projects seem clunky and outdated by comparison.<P>They perform in Chicago from February 28 through March 4 and then they are in Seattle from March 7-10, then Portland March 14-16 and Minneapolis March 21-24. Malcolm, they are going to Singapore in June. <P>Dumb Type Website


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2002 9:08 pm 
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They are?? Then it must be for the Arts Festival. Hopefully I'll get to watch it.


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Review of Dumb Type's "Memorandum" at On the Boards in Seattle by Mary Murfin Bayley in the Seattle Times:<P> <A HREF="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/artsentertainment/134417284_dumb09.html" TARGET=_blank>http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/artsentertainment/134417284_dumb09.html</A> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Francis Timlin (edited March 11, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2002 3:32 pm 
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CATHERINE THOMAS - Oregonian, 03/16/02:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>A satisfying assault on the senses </B><P>Like "O/R," "Memorandum" hooks its audience with a relentless, dense cascade of images competing for the eye, and makes no pretenses at narrative coherence. The audience is invited to submit to the experience rather than make sense of it. <P>But where "O/R" left audiences wondering whether the troupe could really be called a dance company, "Memorandum" leaves no doubt. Sophisticated and stylized, the eight performers prove adept at communicating anxiety, fragility and sensuality through movement. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><B>more...</B><P><BR>


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2002 9:22 am 
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Image <P>Dumb Type brought <I>Memorandum</I> to the <A HREF="http://www.singaporeartsfest.com/" TARGET=_blank><B>Singapore Arts Festival</B></A> (22-23 June). Review in The Business Times, Singapore:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>June 25, 2002<BR>Struck speechless by dumb type's dazzling assault on senses <P>But the message was lost in all the sound and fury</B> <P>By Parvathi Nayar <P>A FRAGMENTED cacophony that suggested, assaulted and/or engaged. That's one way of describing Memorandum by Japanese artist collective dumb type. Perhaps it could also be one way of describing the ephemeral nature of memory, which was the intent of the performance.<P>One hesitates to call it dance - though it's billed that way - for Memorandum is more a multimedia performance, or movement art, or performance art. The company states their raison d'etre, in fact, is to 'fill the gap between static visual art and performance dependent on dialogue'; the 'dumb' in dumb type refers to a desire to create without words.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://business-times.asia1.com.sg/thearts/story/0,2276,49285,00.html?" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A> <BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Dumb Type (Japan)
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2002 2:08 am 
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Review in The Straits Times:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>JUNE 24 - REVIEW<BR><B>Hyper-cool cacophony</B><BR>By Suhaila Sulaiman <P>THOSE who did not see memorandum when it played over the weekend missed a hell of a show.<P>Japan's foremost multi-media artiste collective may call themselves dumb type, but judging from memorandum, a piece on the workings of memory - of the human as well as the computer - they are anything but dumb. <P>In the world of dumb type, only the disconnected connect. The eight dancer-performers of the 90-minute piece very rarely took the stage together. Most of the time, they were alone or in sequence, their faces and body language impersonal, if not mechanical. <P>As they danced, Shiro Takatani's video projections of streets, people and traffic - together with lines of numbers, white scratches and blips of light - flashed at REM-speed on the giant scrim behind them. <P>Sometimes it was blank, most times it was dense. Altogether, it was overwhelming.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/mnt/html/webspecial/artsfest02/dance16.html" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A><BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Dumb Type (Japan)
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2002 6:06 am 
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Review of Dumb Type's memorandum in The Arts Magazine:

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In Dumb Type's latest creation, memory as a protean subject is down-sized into a contemporary regime that is facelessly global, digital and urban. There is no room for nostalgia onstage. Time, action and spectatorship are shuffled instead to reveal the vagaries of memory made complicated in today's data and technology saturated age. The paranoia is this: if records of history can be enabled, yet distorted by the electronic archive, how do we store memories for civilisation tomorrow?
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Finding hope on a road to elsewhere
by STEPHANIE BUNBURY for the Age

More than anything, Voyage, which comes to Melbourne as part of the 2006 Melbourne International Arts Festival, is informed by the events of September 11, 2001.

When they started work, explains one of the dancers, Takao Kawaguchi, they had no guiding theme. For weeks, 16 company members divided into units to come up with fragments; it was only later that they presented their work to each other and looked for a unifying thread.

"It took time to find a direction," he says. "But it was clear that the ideas and presentations that each group brought shared the feelings that reflected the world situation.

published: July 18, 2006
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