2014 / New documentary film about Aomori University men’s rhythmic gymnastics team to be screened, June 8

The 13th Annual Dance Media Film Festival presents Japanese film “Flying Bodies” on Sunday, June 8 at 2:30 pm at REDCAT, 631 West 2ndStreet, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets are $15. For tickets, visit www.DanceCameraWest.org

Flying Bodies
2013 / Japan / 78:00
Directed by Hiroyuki Nakano
Choreographed by Daniel Ezralow


The film follows the one night only performance of Aomori University Men’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Team collaborated with the world-renowned fashion designer, Issey Miyake.

Issey Miyake invited a men’s rhythmic gymnastics team from northern Japan to stage a special performance at Tokyo’s Yoyogi Stadium.

The designer crafted a series of special pleated costumes for the athletes and enlisted the help of his friend Daniel Ezralow to choreograph the show, filled with gravity-defying jumps, light projections and massive swathes of blue silk.

Flying Bodies,” a new documentary film by Hiroyuki Nakano, provides behind-the-scenes footage of the intense training sessions and preparations that went into the performance as well as insight on Japanese athletes’ highly disciplined lives and the sport itself.

Japan claims to have pioneered the men’s rhythmic gymnastics. The university team hails from Aomori Prefecture, which is part the Tohoku region battered by the 2011 tsunami.

Daniel Ezralow was the choreographer of the stage performance for the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.

After the screening, Q&A will follow with Hiroyuki Nakano and Daniel Ezralow.