Yuzo Ishiyama / A.P.I.

>> 07-08 JAN 2024 - "(NO W)AVE" will be premiered at R's ART COURT, Tokyo.

>> 31 DEC 2022 - Live artwork "S.S.S.S." recorded video is available.  >YOUTUBE

>> 05 JAN 2022 - "./ [dot slash] -beta version" has been uploaded.  >YOUTUBE

Dancers and producing staff are now wanted.


AUG - 2023

Our new work "(NO W)AVE" will be presented at R's ART COURT on January 7th, 8th 2024.

JAN - 2023

Live artwork "S.S.S.S." recorded video is now available.


AUG - 2022

Our new work "S.S.S.S." will be presented at R's ART COURT on December 1st, 2nd 2022.

JUN - 2022

Monday Night Meeting, an artist-led meeting event, will be held on Monday, June 27.
The time is 19:30-22:30 and the venue is VIVE LA VIE, Shibuya,Tokyo.

JAN - 2022

"./ [dot slash] -beta version"(recorded video) has been uploaded.


NOV - 2021

Our new work "./ [dot slash] -beta version" will be presented at YOYOGI PARK STUDIO on December 18th, 19th 2021.

AUG - 2021

MusicVideo co-directed by Yuzo Ishiyama is now available.
"Fuyu" by instrumental rock band NONMALT.


JUL - 2021

Yuzo Ishiyama will appear in the performance event "10min in the Box" at Yotsuya Outbreak!, Tokyo.
It will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021, starting at 19:00.

MAR - 2021

Auditions will be held for the Canadian tour(2021).

NOV - 2020

"./ [dot slash] -alpha version"(visual work) has been released.


AUG - 2020

The video version of "SHGZR-0dB"(8min/Japanese version) has been released.



aboutA.P.I. is an artist collective led by Yuzo Ishiyama, a performance media artist/choreographer based in Tokyo.

In 2006, they presented a dance piece "QWERTY" at the New National Theatre Tokyo.

In this show, Ishiyama introduced the new method to combine dynamic video projection with body movements.

In the following year, this piece was invited to the digital art festival 'Bains Numériques' in France.

Not only in Europe but they also toured South America as they were invited by several major local dance festivals in Brazil such as 'Panorama Festival' (Rio de Janeiro) and 'FID' (Belo Horizonte).

aboutIn 2009, they presented the dance piece "radi-" featuring multi-projection.

This show was premiered at Kawasaki Art Center in Japan, and was also selected as the opening performance at the dance festival 'New Dance Days' in Kosice/Slovakia in 2013.

Two years later, the filmed version of this piece was invited to 'Musée de la Civilisation' in Quebec City/Canada. The screening had a long run of 13 months.

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

aboutIshiyama launched the "0dB" project in 2016.

A.P.I. has presented a series of dance works with "no sound" in which both performers and audience wear headphones.

Its advanced version "SHGZR-0dB" was presented at Spiral Hall in Tokyo which earned a high reputation especially.

In a series of their creations called ". / [dot slash]", they featured "a dialogue between machines and humans." They choreographed drones in 2020 and moving lights in the following year.

In 2022, they presented "S.S.S.S.", a live artwork that erased the border between music concert and dance performance. In this work, the performers play a role of both dancers and instrument players.

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

All Stage Photos on "www.info-api.com": Yohta Kataoka


"DDD" - July 2017(Dance Magazine / Japan)

"0dB" vividly throws questions at the audience - "What gives us a realistic sensation at live performance?"

The show also confronted us the fact that how we see the art and the world through biased eyes today.


This is the 'contemporary' dance based on the realities of city dwellers - TOKYO DANCE with 'no sweating' dynamism.

"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


S.S.S.S. Concept

live artwork "S.S.S.S."

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S.S.S.S. Video

live artwork "S.S.S.S."

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"./ [dot slash]" project

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./ [dot slash] -beta version Photos

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SHGZR-0dB Concept

dance piece "SHGZR-0dB"

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dance piece "SHGZR-0dB"

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0dB Concept

"0dB" project

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radi- Concept

dance piece "radi-"

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QWERTY Concept

dance piece "QWERTY"

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QWERTY Excerpt Video

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Yuzo IshiyamaPerformance media artist/choreographer based in Tokyo

Ishiyama is presenting many performance works integrating sound, installation, visual images and body movements.
He has collaborated with international artists as a choreographer/director and 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).



"S.S.S.S." - 2022~


> YOUTUBE(full length / 57'15'')

- premiered at R's ART COURT / Japan -2022

"./ [dot slash]" project - 2020~ 


>> "./ [dot slash] -beta version"  at YOYOGI PARK STUDIO / Tokyo -2021

> YOUTUBE(full length / 34'52'')

>> "./ [dot slash] -alpha version"   Visual Work -2020

> YOUTUBE(full length / 17'43'')

"0dB" project - 2016~ 


>> "SHGZR-0dB"  at Spiral Hall / Tokyo -2018

> YOUTUBE(excerpt / 3'00'')

>> "0dB"(ver.01)  at DDD AOYAMA CROSS THEATER / Tokyo -2017

>> "0dB/prototype"  invited to art festival "Roppongi Art Night" / Tokyo -2016

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


> YOUTUBE (excerpt / 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

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


> YOUTUBE (excerpt / 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

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

> YOUTUBE (excerpt / 9'40'')

- creation in Turku, Finland -2011

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

"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

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

- premiered at "Julidans" festival / Amsterdam -2000

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

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 -KIASMA / Helsinki -2001


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