This article contains content translated from the existing Japanese Wikipedia article at jp:enra

enra is a Japanese performing arts company that infuses video art with live performance. It is an art form that depicts how the human body blends with computer graphics. Established on March 1, 2012, enra is composed of video artist Nobuyuki Hanabusa and six performers: Tsuyoshi Kaseda, Maki Yokoyama, Saya Watatani, Tachun, Yusaku Mochizuki, and Kazunori Ishide.

The name "enra" is stylized in lowercase Latin letters.

Tradition and origin

enra is a Tokyo-based performance and production company that seeks to create the ultimate union between motion graphics and live performance. enra's concept is to synchronise on-screen images with dance and additional forms of live expression. Made up of six individual performers, enra incorporates martial arts (especially wushu), rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, animation dance, juggling (especially with the diabolo), and club dance into its performances.

enra's performances consist of a synchronised fusion of motion graphics (video art) and live performance (contemporary dance in a variety of genres) in front of a screen. The group regularly performs all over the world, and has received high praise not only in its native Japan, but additionally in Europe, North America, East and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

In Japan, enra notably of the Prime Minister of Japan at the official welcoming dinner for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) throughout its evaluation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics plan, an event that additionally served to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

enra performed “FILMS”, an homage to movies, to open the award ceremony at the 68th Festival de Cannes.

In March 2016, enra kicked off its 2016 Japan tour with a public performance at Kitazawa Town Hall in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo.

Name origin

According to the Mainichi Shimbun, "The group's name is derived from the smoke-like shape-shifting Japanese yōkai spirit, Enenra".【グループ名は、煙のようにさまざまな形に姿を変える日本の妖怪「煙々羅」にちなんだ。】

Performance history

2012

  • Japan: Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2012 Award Ceremony
  • Japan: Kiryu Short Film Festival 2012 Opening Act
  • Japan: Momoiro Clover Z X’mas Eve Live
  • Japan: Information & Media tenth Anniversary, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts
  • Japan: IOC Evaluation Commission Visit - Prime Minister’s Tokyo 2020 Dinner

2013

  • Hong Kong: Citibank ULTIMA Card Presentation
  • Indonesia: NET. Mediatama Indonesia Launch Event
  • Romania: Summer Well Music Festival 2013, Bucharest
  • Japan: Honda Fit & Fit Hybrid Unveiling
  • Japan: Mori Art Museum tenth Anniversary Gala Dinner
  • Japan: Sharp “AQUOS XL10” Web Commercial
  • China: “primitive” Guest Performance at Hermès Forum

2014

  • Japan: Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary Event
  • Japan: Bioderma Japan Anniversary Party
  • Qatar: “Japanese Projection” Show in Doha
  • France: CB thirtieth Anniversary - Extreme Event at Le Petit Palais, Paris
  • France: Performance at Opéra Comique, Paris
  • Germany: Zeiss AG "ZEISS Forum”
  • Spain: TV “El Hormiguero
  • Singapore: Samarpana 2014: The Asian Festival of Classical Dance
  • Japan: “→PJ←WONDERLAND~” with →Pia-no-jaC← at Zepp Tokyo
  • Czech Republic: Volkswagen Passat 8 Event
  • Japan: “primitive” Show in Tokyo
  • China: “primitive” Show in Hong Kong
  • Singapore: Morgan Stanley Gala Dinner
  • SK-II Web Commercial

2015

2016

  • India: Corporate Event
  • Japan: Google Brandcast Tokyo
  • Italy: Corporate Event at Pala Alpitour
  • UAE: YPO EDGE Conference Opening
  • Australia: Corporate Event
  • Kuwait: Porsche 911 Launch Event
  • Japan: Performance with Nobuaki Kaneko of Rize in Tokyo
  • Argentina: Coca-Cola Rebranding Event in Buenos Aires
  • Singapore: Michelin Guide 2016 Award Ceremony & Gala Dinner
  • Japan: "planet" in Achimura, Nagano
  • Japan: "newton" at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
  • Germany: Corporate Event in Berlin
  • Japan: PROXIMA Tour 2016
    • Tokyo
    • Toyama
    • Sendai
    • Sapporo
    • Niigata
    • Okayama
    • Hyogo
  • United States: PROXIMA North America Tour 2016
  • Mexico: PROXIMA North America Tour 2016