about the "MIRAGE"

"MIRAGE" is the first performing art ever in the world to experience with immersive. This experience reminds us that we generate ourselves at each moment in our highly subjective ambiguous world. This expression is created by a performance art group GRINDER-MAN based on the Substitutional Reality (SR) System an experience platform developed by RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan.

Unlike the general performing arts for the several audiences, "MIRAGE" is generated by the interaction of the two dancers and the one participant. As the participants, you are invited into an 8 minute immersive experience, using a head-mounted display fitted with headphones and a camera to capture live scenes.

While unaware of the participant, dancer in front of the eyes is changed over to the dancer that has been recorded in advance. In addition, by overlapping the live scene and recorded ones, participants will experience simultaneous past and present. It is very difficult to tell which dancer is really existing or which is not. Each participant will be required to discover their own "reality".

The aim of "MIRAGE" is to encourage you to establish yourself in such unique, uncertain world. Indeed, it obviously happens that they try to locate themselves with sensory information available during the performance, such as the feeling of airflow on the stage, the occasional touches of dancers, the vibrations of the floor, and subtle changes in illumination.

The first "MIRAGE" was performed at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (MIRAIKAN) in Japan on August 2012. The audience sat back on the seats behind the participants, and watched the dance performance. At the same time, they can see what participants were experiencing during the performance as the subjective views of the participants were projected on a screen next to the stage. They find out that multiple performances are going on at the same time in a same place. "MIRAGE" will also affect to recognize the reality of the audience not only participants.

Technical Rider

This document is based on our performance at the Ars Electronica 2014 in Linz, Austria (4-7 September, 2014) and at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (MIRAIKAN) in Japan (24-26 August, 2012).

About the "MIRAGE" performed in August 2012.

August 24-25-26, 2012
the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (MIRAIKAN)
Organized by
Co-organized by
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
COACH A Co., Ltd., Shiojiring Artfesta
Takao Ozawa, Kentaro Kawabe
Production planning
Production management


Concept planning and development
Naotaka Fujii (RIKEN)
SR system design
Sohei Wakisaka (RIKEN)
SR system support
FAN Kevin, Michihiko Ueno, Ishiguro Yoshio, Higuchi Keita
Performance planning and direction
Hitoshi Taguchi (GRINDER-MAN)
Choreographer, Dancer
Makiko Izu (GRINDER-MAN)
Taijyu Matsumoto, Tomohiko Kyogoku, Yumi Tateishi
Music and sound design
evala (port, ATAK)
Sound programing
Tsuubito Ishii (buffer Renaiss Co., Ltd)
Lighting design
Yasuhiro Fujiwara
Stage management
Shuji Hamamura