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‘ENRA’ is a visual performance unit from Japan performing stunningly unique animation-based digital performances.

February 10, 2017


Japanese supergroup enra defies conventions of spacetimegravity, 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’s projections are essential to their art, the integration of which create the simultaneous illusions of sensory interaction and projection mapping. In the work, performers seem to jump off of rooftops, swim through underwater temples, destroy asteroidal objects, and harness the power of starlight. Moods range from suspenseful to serene, reverent to playful, emotional to upbeat. The members of enra include specialists in martial arts, rhythmic gymnastics, popping, classical ballet, diabolo juggling, and street dance. 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.

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 timeenra 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.

“Combining elements of dance, performance art, music, technology, light, music and more, the versatile Japanese troupe ‘enra’ has stumbled upon magic.”  Huffington Post 






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