Following my recent string of goth events I attended the first day of the special Artism Festa Summer 2010 happening at Live Inn Rosa in Ikebukuro. As many Artism events it went from the afternoon to the evening, which means I didn’t have to worry about missing my last train. I was especially looking forward to the performance by the Japanese theater group 虚飾集団廻天百眼 (Kyoshoku Shūdan Kaiten Hyaku-me). Other performers were Mu☆Mu, Caramelman, 装置メガネ (Sōchi Megane), マイナス人生オーケストラ (Mainus Jinsei Ōkesutora), Zwecklos, Rose Noire and a second show group called MONT★SUCHT.
When I arrived I only saw the second part of Mu☆Mu’s gig. Fortunately, I had seen him before, so I didn’t have to shoot so many pictures. Anyway, he was a fun performer this time, too.
MuMu singing in front of the bright lights of the Live Inn Rosa stage.
As a solo artist Mu☆Mu's live performances are supported by a guest drummer.
Pink-haired Japanese singer Mu☆Mu entertaining his audience.
The second performance of the day was by another solo project called きゃらめるまん (Kyarameruman). Tetsuya Shimomura is the Caramelman, who delivers a fun mixture of electronic sounds, samples and techno music while singing or playing guitar.
The funny frontman of きゃらめるまん (Kyarameruman) singing to his electro sound music.
Caramelman playing guitar at the Summer 2010 Artism Festa.
Caramelman gave quite a fun live performance dressed in his outlandish attire.
Here he is programming his synth between the songs.
きゃらめるまん, not afraid of weird instruments, playing some kind of toy harmonica horn.
Caramelman during his performance at the Live Inn Rosa in Ikebukuro.
After these two solo artists came the first band of the evening. The were called 装置メガネ (Sōchi Megane) which translates to “pair of glasses apparatus”. Obviously this is because all three members of the band wear glasses. Their music was electronic pop reminiscent of the 1980s.
装置メガネ's singer サミーちゃん shows the happy and positive attitude of the band during their performance.
サミーちゃん (Sammie-chan) of 装置メガネ (Sōchi Megane) singing at the Live Inn Rosa club.
The three members of 装置メガネ (Sōchi Megane): アサP君 (Asa P-kun), サミーちゃん (Sammie-chan) and ヒット君 (Hit-kun).
Guitar player ヒット君 (Hit-kun) of 装置メガネ (Sōchi Megane) singing with his band mates.
ヒット君 (Hit-kun) of 装置メガネ (Sōchi Megane) adjusting his new bow which 'seems to be a little to big'.
アサP君 (Asa P-kun) plays synthesizer for the pop band 装置メガネ (Sōchi Megane).
After that came the Japanese punk band マイナス人生オーケストラ (Mainus Jinsei Ōkesutora). They played a loud and energic blend of New Wave punk and disco-cyber industrial. The band members were constantly jumping around, which made it not exactly easy to get good pictures.
マイナス人生オーケストラ (Minus Jinsei Orchestra) performing in front of the fascinated audience.
Singer ハル (Hull) of マイナス人生オーケストラ (Minus Jinsei Orchestra) pointing a toy gun at the audience.
Even the supporting guitar player was wearing colorful accessories with his black suit.
Bassist オガワ (Ogawa) of マイナス人生オーケストラ (Minus Jinsei Orchestra) during their performance at the Artism Festa event.
マイナス人生オーケストラ (Minus Jinsei Orchestra)'s vocalist ハル (Hull) looking for something.
The singer ハル (Hull) is also responsible for the design and look of マイナス人生オーケストラ (Minus Jinsei Orchestra).
After these musical performances came my favorite highlight of the evening: a show of the theater company 虚飾集団廻天百眼 (Kyoshoku Shūdan Kaiten Hyaku-me). Their play 「夢の中で現実を見た？おしまいだっ！」 (“Saw the reality in a dream? That it!”) extremely well presented by the young actresses and actors.
A female member of the Japanese theater group Kaiten Hyakume begins with the introduction.
Blindfolded Mariko Akahi (紅日毬子) being teased by fellow actresses.
Performer Mariko Akahi (紅日毬子) of the Japanese underground theater company 虚飾集団廻天百眼 (Kyoshoku Shūdan Kaiten Hyaku-me) in the limelight.
A scene of the 「夢の中で現実を見た？おしまいだっ！」 play at the Artism Festa Summer 2010.
A spoken word performance by five members of Kaiten Hyaku-me dressed in various Japanese costumes.
Playwright and director Asuka Ishii (石井飛鳥) of 虚飾集団廻天百眼 (Kyoshoku Shūdan Kaiten Hyaku-me) after their presentation.
I had seen the next band (like the previous performer) already at the Gothic Bar Heaven 26 event, so I did take only a few shots this time of the industrial band Zwecklos. As before, Takuya and Ageha’s music was very loud and very powerful.
Singer Ageha of the Japanese dark electro band Zwecklos at the Live Inn Rosa.
Bass player and programmer Takuya of Zwecklos working on the synthesizer.
Zwecklos' vocalist Ageha singing at the Artism Festa 2010.
The musical headliner of the first day of the Artism Festa Summer 2010 was Rose Noire. Consisting of the two graduates from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, they did indeed give a very impressive performance of beautiful violin music.
Violinist Jill of the dark wave duo Rose Noire playing at Live Inn Rosa.
Rose Noire's female violin player Jill in backlight.
For some instrumental songs both Jill and Louie were playing their violins.
Singer Louie of the Japanese goth band Rose Noire is also a violin player.
The vocalist Louie of Rose Noire dressed in Elegant Gothic Aristocrat fashion.
Rose Noire's music ranges from very classical music-inspired compositions to modern dark wave and industrial songs.
The final performance of this day was given by the Japanese theater company MONT★SUCHT. They presented a weird play inspired by German mysticism and surrealism in a visually very impressive show. It was great to see that Tokyo’s small goth scene supports so many very fine independent theater groups of high caliber.
A lonely actor of MONT★SUCHT sitting at a food-laden table.
A Montsucht actress giving the prologue of their play.
Another young actor of Montsucht at the Artism Festa Summer 2010 event.
The lone actor at his table rings a bell.
MONT★SUCHT's actors and actresses perform a silent feast on the stage of the Live Inn Rosa.
Sparks fly at the weird ending of the surreal feast.
Last but not least a few shots of the attendees of the Artism Festa in Ikebukuro. Yes, these are regular party-goers at a Japanese goth club! I love that they dress up like this even though this gathering was rather small.
A Japanese girl in a doll's dress with turquoise hair and colored contact lenses.
This girl was wearing a shibari (Japanese rope bondage) outfit.
Two Japanese goth girls having fun at the Artism Festa 2010.
A young lady wearing a corset and holding magic wand.
Two cool girls posing for the camera.
And finally: The actors of MONT★SUCHT after their performance.