It’s come to our attention at Twisted Spoke World Headquarters that while Cyclingnews has bike racing dialed in, their coverage of modern Japanese interpretive dance sucks.
Allow us to rectify. We discovered this the other night and it touched us with its hopeful poetic genius. The World Order project is the brainchild of Genki Sudo, a renaissance ninja if there ever was one.
Here’s the wiki-grail: “retired Japanese mixed martial artist and a kickboxer … notable for his elaborate ring entrances and unorthodox fighting style. His philosophy is “We are all one.” He is a practicing Buddhist. He is also an essayist, a musician, an actor and a dancer.
World Order is one of his many creative projects. A dance video that is hip hop haiku, electronic mesmerization, beautiful and haunting, robot evocative and humanity hopeful. There’s a charming loopy Kraftwerk meets Marcel Marceau in Japan vibe. By the way, that’s Sudo in the middle, looking like a hipster version of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
The message of the video, according to Sudo is this: “The unprecedented disasters unfolding in Japan; earthquakes, tsunami, and nuclear explosions, will somehow change things to come. And to send my message about this, I have expressed it here with WORLD ORDER. These disasters can be interpreted as a turning point for civilization. I think that we have arrived at a time of revolution, shared with all the people of the world, in today’s society, economy, and political systems. Incidents themselves are neutral. I believe that every single one of us, wandering through this deep darkness, can overcome anything, if only we let go of our fear, and face the it all in a positive light. The world is not going to change. Each one of us will change. And if we do, then yes, the world will be changed. It is darkest right before the dawn. Let’s all rise up to welcome the morning that will be so very bright for mankind.”
We let Sudo go on far too long but that’s how cool this dance video is. Not to be missed, is another video of the robot boys meeting girls in a Tokoyo restaurant. Chapeau Sudo.