A cast of 11 dancers perform multiple vignettes that portray Japan’s “big biz” culture. Based on intimate interviews between Tokyo business executives and Ueyama, the illustrations depict the “salaryman’s” responsibilities, pressures, and their subsequent emotional impactions. To help portray the essence of Japanese society, Ueyama collaborates with two Japanese artists – filmmaker Yuko Takebe and set designer Yukinobu Okazaki. Inspired by the eponymous song by Japanese rock singer Kiyoshiro Imawano, SALARYMAN is set to the ambient sounds of metropolis Tokyo, metronomes, and contemporary works by Ana Milosavljevic, Michael Gordon, and Eve Beglarian, to name a few.
“DANCERS AMONG US” by Jordan Matter:
This is an ongoing project that began in the spring of 2009, featuring top professional dancers in everyday situations around New York City. Jordan Matter photographed Takehiro Ueyama, Kile Hotchkiss, and Nana Tsuda Misko.