Yuzo Ishiyama / A.P.I.

> 21,22 APR 2018 - "SHGZR-0dB"@Spiral Hall

> 16 OCT 2017 - "Workshop+Sessions" will be held in Tokyo.

Dancers and producing staff are now wanted.


SEP - 2017

"Workshop+Sessions" will be held in Tokyo on Monday October 16th, 2017.

JUL - 2017

Yuzo Ishiyama solo short performance will be presented at "The Party"(produced by EL SONOCOS) on Friday August 4th, 2017.

MAY - 2017

"Workshop+Sessions" will be held in Tokyo on Monday May 29th, 2017.

MAR - 2017

"Workshop+Sessions" will be held in Tokyo on Monday March 27th, 2017.

FEB - 2017

"0dB" Tokyo premiere was successfully end.
It's a great honor for us to have more than 400 audiences at our show.

DEC - 2016

The special webpage for our project "0dB" is open now.
Our new project "0dB" will be premiered at DDD AOYAMA CROSS THEATER from February 14th to 16th in 2017.

NOV - 2016

"Workshop+Sessions" will be held in Tokyo on Sunday December 18th, 2016.

OCT - 2016

"0dB / prototype" at Roppongi Art Night 2016 was successfully end.
It's a great honor for us to have more than 500 audiences at our show.

OCT - 2016

The program page of our “0dB / prototype” at Roppongi Art Night 2016 is open now. Link is here.

SEP - 2016

Our new project "0dB / prototype" is on the program at Roppongi Art Night 2016 on Saturday October 22nd, 2016. Admission free.

SEP - 2016

Our website "www.info-api.com" has been redesigned and launched on September 5th.
If you notice any bugs please let us know at mail@info-api.com.

JUN - 2016

A prototype performance of our new project will be on stage in Tokyo in Autumn 2016.
More details will follow soon.

APR - 2016

"Rebel Bodies" exhibition at Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City, Canada, was closed on April 3rd.

FEB - 2016

High popularity made the closing date of "Rebel Bodies", where the video version of "radi-" is exhibited, extend until April 2016.

JAN - 2016

Yuzo Ishiyama will attend TPAM held in Yokohama in February 2016.

MAR - 2015

The video version of our piece "radi-" was officially invited to the "Rebel Bodies" exhibition at Musée de la Civilisation in Québec City, Canada.

JAN - 2015

Yuzo Ishiyama is on a creation trip to the North America, staying in New York, Montréal and Québec City etc. from January to March 2015.


aboutA.P.I. is an artist collective founded by Yuzo Ishiyama, performance media artist and choreographer.

The collective has kept on developing a new "body movement language/expression" which reflects vividly the world of today. They focus on the creation of live art works which do not end up on (small) computer monitors in the age of the "post-Internet."

Mixing visuals, installation, computing and dance etc. is no longer a special for them any more. ---- It is a "default setting".

aboutIn 2006, Ishiyama presented a dance piece "QWERTY" at The New National Theatre Tokyo. In the following year, he was invited to the digital art festival Bains Numériques #2 in France.

In 2008, they toured Brazil including Belo Horizonte(FID festival), Sao Paulo(SESC SP) and Rio de Janeiro(Panorama Festival).

During a long term stay in Finland in 2011, Ishiyama created and presented a new piece "CatB" collaborating with the local artists. This was the official program of the European Capital of Culture - TURKU2011 in March.

aboutIn May of 2011, Ishiyama was invited to The National Ballet of Japan as a guest choreographer.

In 2013, his dance pieces "QWERTY"+"radi-" marked the start of a new international contemporary dance festival New Dance Days in Slovakia (at European Capital of Culture - KOSICE2013).

In 2015, video version of "radi-" was invited to Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City, Canada. The exhibition had a long run of 13 months until April 2016.

"A.P.I." ... Artwork Programming Interface


"The Slovak Drama Journal KOD" - December 2013(Theatre Arts Magazine / Slovakia)

A Japanese artist, Yuzo Ishiyama, and his A.P.I. dance group performed two dance pieces (radi-; Qwerty) characterized by conceptual multimedia staging aesthetics.
Media-light virtual stage space serves the black and white dancers as an enclosed theatre area. The dancers had to dynamically work their way around the area in order not to become its full part and not to vanish in the network of constantly blinking intermediary effects and graphic “lies.”

The choreographic compositions were characterized by physical reservedness, human solitude and motion plasticity linked in a functional-musical-media concept.

Ideas embodied in the movements of life performers – incompatible with the media signs – gave an aesthetically net effect in the spirit of conceptual dance arts.

(Note that Yuzo Ishiyama’s collective A.P.I. performed at the State Theatre on October 27 the opening performance of the 1st edition of the Kosice’s Biennale of Contemporary Dance part of Kosice 2013, European Capital of Culture).

By Peter Mato

"Turun Sanomat" - 24th March 2011(Newspaper / Finland)

One of the essential themes of CatB is the essay “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” (1999) by Eric S. Raymond.

CatB can be seen as a hybrid of social relations provided by those two models(=Cathedral Development Method and Bazaar Development method). The four dancers - the amazing So Ueda and Satsumi Fukai in addition to Airaksinen and Aaltonen - express various urban encounters, violent at times, but also an open dialog is found and the direction of power is changed.

Personal movement qualities are evident, but also automatized repetition in movements and in geometrical compositions can be seen. Sansui and CatB are both fascinating in their ever-changing movement vocabulary.

By Kaisa Kurikka

"Jornal do Brasil" - October 2008(Newspaper / Brazil)

What we usually observe is the cliché of dance of each country....

Yuzo brings a different proposal. Instead of working with a Japan of the past, he thinks about a Japan of the future...

"La Terrasse" - 3 October 2007(Culture Magazine / France)

In Japan, the country having a tendency to turn to a digital culture, the dance is not synonymous with Butoh. It is what also proves the Collective A.P.I. with Qwerty, a dance performance and multimedia piece which exploits space by a spectacular installation.

"Danser"- October 2007(Dance Magazine / France)

Yuzo Ishiyama <one of the children of the pioneer group : Dumb Type, in a way. The Japanese work not so much in representation. It is neither the gesture nor all that is around, but the design of the project that is important. They really bring a new interpretation through the visual images and sound effects.>

Dominique Roland interview / By Philippe Noisette


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Yuzo IshiyamaPerformance media artist and choreographer.

Ishiyama is presenting many performance works integrating sound, installation, visual images and dance.
He has collaborated with overseas artists as a choreographer/director or a performer.
Captivating new-generation audiences with his dynamic works, he has been invited to many performance festivals and arts centers such as festival "dance" (Munich), KIASMA (Helsinki), and "Julidans" (Amsterdam).



nest "Circulation Module" - 1998~ (Multimedia Performance Piece)

- premiered at "PARK TOWER NEXT DANCE FESTIVAL 97" / Tokyo -1998

- invited to "dance 2000" festival / Munich -2000

- invited to "ARS01" festival / Helsinki -2001

"LinkAge" - 2000~ (Multimedia Dance Piece -collaboration with Dutch dance company)

- premiered at "Julidans" festival / Amsterdam -2000

- invited to "New Zealand Festival 2002" / Wellington -2002

"SU" - 2006~ (Multimedia Live Art Piece)

- premiered at "Dance and Media 2006" / Japan -2006

- (solo version) invited to digital art festival "Bains numériques #2" -2007

"QWERTY" - 2006~, 2013~ (Multimedia Dance Piece)


> YOUTUBE (excerpt video / 6'30'')

- premiered at "Dance Exhibition 2006" / New National Theatre Tokyo -2006

- invited to digital art festival "Bains numériques #2" / France -2007

- invited to contemporary dance festival "Panorama Festival" -2008

- invited to The National Ballet of Japan -2011

- invited to contemporary dance festival "New Dance Days" / Slovakia -2013

"radi-" - 2009~, 2013~ (Multimedia Dance Piece)


> YOUTUBE (excerpt video / 2'50'')

- (prototype) invited to art festival "gene" - Roppongi Hills Arena / Japan -2008

- premiered at Kawasaki Art Center / Japan -2009

- invited to dance festival "New Dance Days" / Slovakia (new version) -2013

- (video version) invited to Musée de la Civilisation / Quebec, Canada -2015

"CatB" - 2011~ (International Collaboration Dance Piece)

> YOUTUBE (excerpt video / 9'40'')

- creation in Turku, Finland -2011

- premiered at "TURKU 2011"(European Capital of Culture) - Official Program -2011


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