Orient Rhythm a truly original and innovative live dance performance that combines elements of traditional Japanese culture such as Karate and Nunchaku with street dance (Locking, Punking, Waacking) with CG image projection. Travels from Tokyo, Japan.
Orient Rhythm a truly original and innovative live dance performance that combines elements of traditional Japanese culture such as Karate and Nunchaku with street dance (Locking, Punking, Waacking) with seriously cool CG image projection.
A Bit About Katsumi
Katsumi (born in 1963 in Nagoya, Japan) developed an original dance style as composite art to showcase the unique elements of traditional Japan – “movement, rhythm and spirit”.
He first learned Karate from his father at the age of five and started receiving training from Karate experts at the age of 10. He then moved on to Boxing while studying in university.
He took up Hip-Hop dancing in his early twenties and copied American Hip-Hop dancers. He was inspired by a simple question asked by a famous American choreographer – “Why do you copy foreign styles while there are so many cool elements in Japanese art and culture”. He has devoted himself to pursuing the concept of cool Japan ever since.
After years of trial and error, he created an original dance style based on the movements and rhythm of Japanese traditional dance.
He also invented “Street Nunchaku” by combining dance moves and Nunchaku, which is an art of self-defence he learned alongside Karate. He then developed a new performance style “Projection Live” by synchronizing live dance and projected images. He first presented this new performance at JAPAN EXPO 2004 in L.A.
Katsumi’s new performance style “Projection Live” is highly praised around the world. He has performed in 37 countries by invitation and been on TV in 15 countries. He also holds lectures on “Cool Japan worth sharing with the world” in and outside Japan (including Aoyama University, Obirin University, Nagoya Gakuin University and London SOAS university).
In 2015, Katsumi performed at the opening ceremony for the 128th General Assembly of the International Olympic Committee in Kuala Lumpur.
He is also known as a talented designer, who designs and crafts his own clothes, costumes and accessories for both stage and private use.
Travels from Tokyo, Japan.
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