Keiichiro Shibuya’s New Opera "Scary Beauty" will be Unveiled for World Premier
Android Sings with Human Orchestra in Australia

An unprecedented opera will be unveiled in OzAsia Festival in Adelaide, Australia for two days 30th September to first October. It is Shibuya’s new mono opera, he play as composer, conductor and piano player. It is named “Scary Beauty”, an android sings with human orchestra.

It is a first time in 5 years for him to release a new opera work since 2012(”The End”). Besides, it is the world’s first experiment to co-acting with android and human orchestra.

“Scary beauty“(means weird beauty) is a new mono opera performed by “Skelton”(humanoid android) with human orchestra. This android has been developed by Hiroshi Ishiguro(professor in Osaka University) and improved the degree of freedom in motion like human by Takashi Ikegami(professor in Tokyo University).

The music has three parts, each part is composed of a collage of text in each works by Michel Houellebecq, Yukio Mishima and William Burroughs. This texts is selected as imaging a weird scene after all mankind become extinct. Android in asexual condition sings in a synthetic voice with a 10 peace traditional chamber orchestra.

And a worldwide fashion house “sacai”, leaded by Chitose Abe produces android’s costume.

When seeing scenes from a motion like human to a motion cannot human do with a weird voice cannot human utter by android, what is on our mind? There are coexistence of some elements beyond our image and contrast, audience will gain a new feeling between scary and beauty.

The motion on “Skelton” is not programed in advance, it is generated by orchestra performance in real time. This generating system adopt “Spiking neural network” composed of a model copying neuron systems in human brain. An output of this network is expressed as android’s behavior, it has many patterns from kind of periodic to chaotic, it depends on a performance by human orchestra. It is world’s first performance with android and human.

Australian Art Orchestra(AAO),succeeding multidisciplinary activities as contemporary music ensemble performs with android. Shibuya plays as composer, conductor and piano player.

In stage production, Takayuki Fujimoto produces stage lighting and Tomohito Wakui produces projected image. There is a large two plane screen behind the stage, projected a live broadcasting on the stage and edited video in advance, with lighting by full use of LED.

And furthermore, at third and forth October, “THE END” will be performed in this festival. Their performances and themselves play as a main act and main artist in the festival.

(OzAsia festival is an annual festival for cultural exchange with Australia and Asia. it is held for 3 weeks, you can enjoy movie, dance and exhibition.)

Scary Beauty in Adelaide

Dates:Sat, 30 Sep 2017, 6:00PM / Sun, 1 Oct 2017, 2:00PM (local time)
Venue:Space Theatre Adelaide Festival Centre

OzAsia Festival [Link]

Scary Beauty



Skeleton developed by Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University. And the system using android is collaborative research by Ishiguro(Osaka University), Ogawa(Osaka University), Ikegami(Tokyo Unversity) and Doi(Tokyo Unversity).

Ph. Ishiguro and Ph. Ikegami, they are working to raise robotics to a new level by developing one that, despite having a very mechanical appearance, moves as if it has a life of its own.

The rest of Skelton’s body was left uncovered, with most of its mechanical parts in plain view. It is connected to several sensors to monitor its surroundings, including distance from observers and the room brightness, so it can alter its movement patterns as if recognizing the environment.

Keiichiro Shibuya


Composer, Musician. Born in 1973. BA of Composition, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 2002, Shibuya has established ATAK, a music label releasing CDs of cutting-edge electro-acoustic works by various artists all over the world. His major past works are “ATAK015 for maria“, ”ATAK022 Live in Paris”, etc.

In 2012 he has staged “THE END”, the world’s first vocaloid opera combining imagery and computer music, without starring any human performers. After that, “THE END” is performed in Paris, Amsterdam, Hambrug and Aarhus. Currently, “THE END” is requested to be played by several major art festivals in the world.

In 2016 he released “Parade for The End of The World” remaking the collaborative work “Parade” by Satie, Picasso and Cocteau in Paris.In 2017 He staged “Scary Beauty(Dance version)”collaborated with Jeremie Belingard(Etoile of the Paris Opera)and Adrien M & Claire B(Team of Video Artist)in Theatre National de l’opera de Paris.

His latest work is a mono opera staged with Andloid and orchestra, titled “Scary Beauty”. The first stage will be unveiled in this October, after that it will be staged all over the world.

Now he is based in Tokyo and Paris. He does many cross-sectional collaboration works with researchers and artists including Takashi Ikegami (professor in the Department of General Systems Sciences at the University of Tokyo), Hiroshi Ishiguro (robot scientist), Hiroshi Sugimoto (artist), Jérémie Bélingard (Étoile of Ballet of the Paris Opera).


Hiroshi Ishiguro

director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory

Career timeline
Graduate of University of Yamanashi
Graduate of the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University
Associate Professor at Kyoto University
Visiting Fellow of University of California, San Diego
Associate Professor of Wakayama University
Professor of Wakayama University
Professor of Osaka University Awards

April 2015
Prize for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT),
March 2009
Best paper award at the 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2009),
March 2007
Best paper and poster awards at the 2nd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2007),
Robo Cup 2006 (Bremen, Germany)
Best Humanoid Award (Kid size) at

Takashi Ikegami


Professor and principal investigator of the lab. Takashi Ikegami is a professor in the Department of General Systems Sciences at the University of Tokyo.

His works encompasses both the arts and sciences and deal with complex systems and artificial life. He received his doctorate in physics from the University of Tokyo in 1989. Currently, he is a professor at the Department of General System Studies, at the University of Tokyo. His research is centered on complex systems and artificial life, a field which aims to build a possible form of life using computer simulations, chemical experiments and robots. Some of these results have been published in ”Life Emerges in Motion” from Seido Book Publishers in 2007.

Takashi Ikegami most frequently attends the International Conference on Artificial Life, and gave the keynote address at the 20th Anniversary of Artificial Life conference in Winchester, UK. He is also a member and the editorial boards of Artificial Life, Adaptive Behaviors, Bio Systems and Interaction Studies.

Kohei Ogawa

Computer Engineering, Human-computer InteractionPhD

In 2010, He was graduated Doctor‘s Programs of Future University Hakodate system information.A doctor (system information science).

After having experienced a researcher at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International:ATR , he became an specially-appointed professor of Osaka University Department of Materials Engineering Science from June, 2012. His major is intelligent Robotics.

He works on the development of a robot and the agent system which can coexist with a person.

Ituski Doi

PhD candidate of Ikegami Laboratory

Born 1989 :Ph.D. candidate, Univ. of Tokyo, Grad. Sch. of Art. and Sci.

Ph.D. candidate, Univ. of Tokyo, Grad. Sch. of Art. and Sci.
MSc, Univ. of Tokyo, Grad. Sch. of Art. and Sci.
BSc, Tokyo Univ. of Sci., Fac. of Sci. and Tech.

Technical Artist

Takayuki Fujimoto

Director of Kinsei R&D, Lighting designer

Fujimoto began participating in projects of the performance group Dumb Type in 1987. He founded Kinsei R & D and began producing stage work using LED lighting. As a recent work, the collaboration with Tsuyoshi Shirai "Node / The Elderly in Desert", "Seeing Red" with Jung Young doo, "T / IT: About Intolerance" made with Monochrome Circus, There is an exhibition "Kuroyami Museum" with Still current. Besides, we collaborate with artists both in Japan and overseas, and since 2010 we have also started trying to light the classical Noh plays with LEDs at Yamamoto Noh theater in Osaka.

Tomohito Wakui

Tomohito Wakui was born in 1990 in Niigata. He currently continues to live and work based in Tokyo. His practice includes film pieces as well as work made by combining common junk parts with audio and other components and programming them, in order to produce art that expresses technology’s primitive possibilities. He re-perceives the notion of data in its most fundamental sense, and in doing so, searches – through art - for the next evolution within humanity’s history.


Keiichiro Shibuya:Concept, Music Composition, Direction
Skeleton : Vocal
Australian Art Orchestra

[Collaborated Study]
Hiroshi Ishiguro (Android Production), Takashi Ikegami (Development of Android's movement), Kohei Ogawa (Co Android Production), Itsuki Doi (Co Development of Android's movement)

sacai [link]

[Movie, Visual Work]
Tomohito Wakui

Takayuki Fujimoto

Yoshiyuki Kanamori

[Stage Management]
Takuro Iwata

[Technical Assistant]
John Smith

[Visual Softwere Development]
Souyou Kanadagawa

Shigeru Ogawa

Tamami Kanda (Co Production), Naomi Ohki (Cordination,Translater), Momoko Nakamura (Production Management)

[Special Thanks]
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

[Powered by]
Innovator Japan, Yamaha Music Japan Co., Ltd., Steinberg, DORICO, ORANGE Co., Ltd., Justine Emard, Daichi Miyata, Satoshi Suzuki,


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