Stephen O’Malley

Ryoji Ikeda: superposition: video clip & information

Posted: Jan 30, 2013

Ryoji Ikeda :: superposition, AUG 5, 2012 preview at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

(This video clip is a preview version before the world-premiere at Centre Pompidou Paris in NOV 2012. The work has been and will be constantly updating during the future tour. Tour dates:

superposition is a project about the way we understand the reality of nature on an atomic scale and is inspired by the mathematical notions of quantum mechanics. Performers will appear in his piece for the first time, performing as operator/conductor/observer/examiners. All the components on stage will be in a state of superposition; sound, visuals, physical phenomena, mathematical concepts, human behaviour and randomness - these will be constantly orchestrated and de-orchestrated simultaneously in a single performance piece.

Concept, direction and music: Ryoji Ikeda

in collaboration with
Performers: Stéphane Garin, Amélie Grould
Programming, graphics and computer system: Tomonaga Tokuyama, Norimichi Hirakawa, Yoshito Onishi
Optical devices: Norimichi Hirakawa
Stage manager: Simon MacColl 
Technical manager: Tomonaga Tokuyama
Production assistant: Daisuke Sekine

World Première on 14, 15, 16 November 2012 at the Centre Pompidou with the Festival dʼAutomne à Paris (FR)
Avant-Première on 5 August 2012 at ZKM (Karlsruhe, DE)
Commissioned by Festival d’Automne à Paris (FR) for the musical part
Created and developed at Parc de La Villette (Paris, FR), YCAM Yamaguchi Center for Arts and media (JP) and ZKM (Karlsruhe, DE)

Coproduction : Festival dʼAutomne à Paris (FR), Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR), Barbican (London, UK), Concertgebouw Brugge (Bruges, BE), Festival de Marseille (FR), Parc de La Villette (Paris, FR), Kyoto Experiment (JP), ZKM (Karlsruhe, DE), STRP Art and Technology Festival (Eindhoven, NL).
With the support of the DICRéAM-CNC (FR)

Production and Touring : Sarah Ford, Quaternaire


Ryoji Ikeda: superposition Tour: SPRING 2013

8-9 March 2013 : STRP Biennial, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
15 March 2013 : La Faïencerie, Creil (near Paris), France
27-28 March 2013 : The Barbican, London, UK
10 April 2013 : Concertgebouw Brugge, Belgium

*other tour dates to be announced at