Digital Echoes pp 151-166 | Cite as

Open State: Event Spaces of Infinite Perspective

  • Adam Benjamin
  • Mathew Emmett


This chapter presents the findings from a collaboration of dance, sound, space and digital technology, itself a prime mover as a developing agent to new sensibilities. At the heart of this collaboration is the performance of Open State choreographed and directed by Adam Benjamin with the disabled and non-disabled dancers of Integrated Dance Company-Kyo and concept design and music composition by artist and architect Mathew Emmett. The work premiered in Tokyo in July 2015. Open State emphasizes the interrelationships between physical and social integration, movement and spatial organization, drawing upon experimental dance and the non-traditional exploration of acoustic space.



We would like to thank Dr Frank Broz, Integrated Dance Company-Kyo Dance artists: Maho Amakata, Yoko Izumi, Seiichiro Kondo, Tomomi Kosano, Asumi Masuda, Shunpei Mitsuhashi, Takiko Iwabuchi (Artistic Director) Yuko Ijichi (Director of MUSE Company), Mikari Suzuki (translator and studio assistant), Tamami Benjamin (translation of texts), Asako Miura (lighting), Norimasa Ushikawa (sound engineer), John Matthias for additional music and the UK dancers: Sophie Colthurst, Kevin French, Ellen Hunn, Klara Lucznik, Nathan Matthews and Saurav Rai.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam Benjamin
    • 1
  • Mathew Emmett
    • 1
  1. 1.Plymouth UniversityPlymouthUK

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