HASHTAG (2018)

HASHTAG is a 15 minutes multi-media piece about social media. It is a combination of screendance piece (video), live performance, and audience engagement using live-streaming tool on Facebook.

Premire: 8th August 2018, Riley Theatre, Leeds, UK

Duration: 15minutes

Direction/ Choreography: Misato Shimizu

Videographer: Jack Butler

Dance (film): Isabella Dubroca, Glenda Gheller

Performance (live): Niels Van Santen, Misato Shimizu

Music: Music: Duoon/ Alva Noto & Ryuich Sakamoto, Coda/ Zoe Keating

Social media makes our conversation convenient but it has a dangerous side at the same time. People can misunderstand the level of their relationships and that often leads to serious trouble. As social media develops, we start to avoid real face-to-face conversation because it is awkward, unscripted and spontaneous compared to conversations in the virtual reality world.

  As a result of my research on human connectivity and the power of influence on social media, I have made a piece which has three elements- a screendance piece, a live performance, and audience engagement using Facebook live streaming.

  • The screendance piece represents the virtual reality world and how two people meet each other without seeing each other. What happens if one of them misunderstands the relationship, and how can one person influence the other’s mind without intention.

  •  The live performance element is made with intention of showing what is happening in real life when we rely on virtual reality communication too much.  How the real face-to-face conversation becomes awkward, and the dilemma we face when you use your phone in front of another person when you are supposed to be having a real conversation.

  •  Live streaming gives audiences a virtual reality platform where they can discuss and react during the performance in the theatre where we normally have to turn our phones off.

​© 2020 Misato Shimizu

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