about us

photo:Kosuke Tsukada

GRINDER-MAN

GRINDER-MAN is a performance art group, aiming for the creation of art that is thematic of ‘here and now’ in their artistic expressions, thus, GRINDER-MAN embrace the contemporaneousness -‘now’- and the contingency that the performers and the audience meet ‘here’ at the performance site.

The members are Hitoshi Taguchi, from contemporary art background, and Makiko Izu, from contemporary dance background. They work in a broad range of the performance fields: artistic directions, choreographies, sound and lighting designs, direction for the film, casting, producing, etc. so their works cannot easily be categorized into one simple existing genre of art.

GRINDER-MAN’s artistic quest is to ‘be simple’ by taking off the decorative expressions of themselves and their surroundings:
-Performers wear boxes to blank their faces off
-Plural performers move identically and uncharacteristically
-Dance, sound and light, these three elements are quietly harmonized

However, there is no such thing as perfection in this world. Paradoxically, it is the primitiveness of humans, which cannot be perfectly boxed and simplified, that we find when we attempt to approach the pure simplicity. Primitiveness exudes from the box of simplicity.
That is the moment of beauty.

Selected works and participated projects (2015-2011)

2015

January
direction, choreography, and production for the dance performance “WORLD ORDER TOUR 2015”
by WORLD ORDER at three cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya)

2014

September
performance “MIRAGE” by GRINDER-MAN in collaboration with RIKEN
at Ars electronica 2014 (Linz, Austria)
Jun
performance “ZETTAI RED” by GRINDER-MAN
at Futakotamagawa rise (Tokyo)
April
performance “ROPPONGI parade” in ROPPONGI ART NIGHT 2014
at around Roppongi station (Tokyo)
March
performance “YOROKOBI NO UTA” by GRINDER-MAN
at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo)
January
direction, choreography, and production for the dance performance “WORLD ORDER TOUR 2014”
by WORLD ORDER at five cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka)

2013

June
choreography and production for the music video of “IMPERIALISM” by WORLD ORDER (Youtube)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tblx00nIZB0
April
direction, choreography, and production for the dance performance “WORLD ORDER in BUDOKAN”
by WORLD ORDER at Nippon Budokan (Tokyo)

2012

November
choreography for the performance “Speed of Light Yokohama” by NVA (UK)
in Smart Illumination Yokohama at Yamashita Park, ZOU-NO-HANA Park and Osanbashi (Yokohama)
September
performance “bow-wow” by GRINDER-MAN at ZOU-NO-HANA Terrace and Park (Yokohama)
August
performance “MIRAGE” by GRINDER-MAN in collaboration with RIKEN
at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Tokyo)
July
direction and choreography for the dance performance “WORLD ORDER LIVE 2012”
by WORLD ORDER at International Forum (Tokyo) and NHK Osaka Hall (Osaka)
January
direction and choreography support for the dance performance “WORLD ORDER LIVE”
by WORLD ORDER at Shibuya Public Hall (Tokyo)

2011

October
talk, performance showing and workshop at Knowledge Garden Vol. 3,
“Social brains – Brain function in the relationship” at Roppongi Midtown (Tokyo)
April
performance creation workshop by GRINDER-MAN
in “The Power of Art – Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake support planning” at Spiral (Tokyo)
March
performance “SONAR” by GRINDER-MAN
at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Ishikawa, Japan)
February
performance “MUSTANG Colors” by GRINDER-MAN at Kobe Art Village Center (Hyogo, Japan)

Performed at (2005-2010)

Asahi Art Square (Tokyo) / Kobe Biennale 2009 (Hyogo, Japan) / Esplanade Waterfront Canopy (Singapore) / Kyoto City University of Arts (Kyoto) / Kyoto Art Center (Kyoto) / BankART Studio NYK (Yokohama) / Iwate Prefectural Museum of Art (Iwate, Japan) / Yokohama Triennale 2007 (Yokohama), etc.

Contact

Ikkac Inc.(management office)
Windueno Bld. 5F 5-13-4, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005 JAPAN
tel. +81-3-5761-4655
fax. +81-3-5761-4656
email