WARPs UP, a four-piece dance group with members from Japan and China and fans in both territories, have announced their latest song, ‘Hali Gali’, which will be published on YouTube and as a limited release in China.
The music video for ‘Hali Gali’ is directed by filmmaker Kenichiro Shimizu (PELE) and Tokyo-based creative group REALROCKDESIGN, which also produces large-scale outdoor festivals and sensory entertainment show STAR ISLAND. Shimizu, working with Daito Manabe (Rhizomatiks), was the videographer and editorial director on British artist Squarepusher’s ‘Terminal Slam’ video. His works have garnered acclaim for their innovation and creativity, with ‘Terminal Slam’ receiving the Computer Animation Category Honor Award at Austria’s Ars Electronica Award 2020.
As a video for WARPs UP, the ‘Hali Gali’ promo is itself warped, bending spaces and presenting a mesmerizing, unusual dance routine. At first glance, the CG blend of cutting-edge motion capture and filmed backgrounds could fool you into thinking it is a regular live-action scene, but as the video progresses, the visual production and camerawork become ever more incongruous and overwhelmingly weird.
WARPs is an abbreviation of Wave Assemble Radical People-syndicate, based on a concept of creating waves of innovation. It is a project that produces a variety of unique artistic works and transcends national borders. WARPs UP are one of the groups within the WARPs project.
The group includes two members from Japan and two from China. On the Japan side, RIKIMARU is a dancer and also a choreographer for many famous artists, and SANTA is a top-level dancer who has earned the title of World Champion at a world-renowned dance battle. Meanwhile, Chinese members MINGJUN and LANBYI gained performing experience as trained idols in China.