Japanese supergroup enra defies conventions of space, time, gravity, and physics, through seamless synchronization of digital projection and physical movement. Using vibrant swatches of primary colors, Tetris-like geometry in multiple dimensions, and contrasts between human silhouette and digital art, enra‘s performances are futuristic and otherworldly. In fact, enra‘s own name hints at the supernatural: enra is derived from the name for the mythical shape-shifting and smoke-like Japanese spirit enenra.
enra achieved viral video success after their performance for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic bid was picked up online. Their verified YouTube channel has racked up an astonishing 10 million views in only a few years. Since that time, enra has been invited to perform at theaters and festivals around the world, including the Cannes Film Festival in France, America’s Got Talent, a coveted spot on the 2015 Japan Society contemporary dance showcase, and enthusiastic ovations from Beijing to Buenos Aires, Memphis to Manhattan, Dubai to Detroit. They have performed in 26 different countries on 6 continents to overwhelming acclaim in just over four years since their founding.
Video artist Nobuyuki Hanabusa is enra’s director, whose background in automobile design and CG production for video games synergizes with the physical virtuosity of the performers. With contextual references to Japanese pop culture, cinema, video games, and even astrology, enra captures the postmodern and eclectic spirit of sprawling, contemporary Tokyo. It is precisely the universality and freshness of enra‘s work that creates instant and surprisingly emotional connections with audiences of all demographics and age groups.
$29-$44; Premium $49
Students with ID $12
Act 1: 35 minutes
15 minute intermission
Act 2: 45 minutes