Thursday, April 7, 2011

WORLD ORDER and Genki Sudo

I adore this video; Japanese pop meets Butoh, tutting, and Maori dance.

Genki Sudo is an ex-mixed martial arts master who is also an author, actor, musician and practicing Buddhist. He choreographs, writes music and lyrics, and sings for his group WORLD ORDER.

And here is the song performed in Tokyo. Watch to the end where an obvious fan gets to shake Sudo's hand.

This next song, "Machine Civilization," and its video are for Japanese earthquake relief efforts.
Sudo writes:
"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 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.

Genki Sudo"

These earnest yet buoyant songs are infused with a sense of optimism and positivity--and the videos are mesmerizing. The choreography is astounding: subtle and masterful, it reminds me of my beloved Butoh dance troupe Sankai Juku. Sudo and his dancers have such amazing control over their bodies. Simply fantastic...

His sincerity in his music and his heartfelt message of "WE ARE ALL ONE" touches me deeply.

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