Japanese-Chinese dance group WARPs UP announce new song, with mind-bending video by rising director Kenichiro Shimizu and REALROCKDESIGN


WARPs UP, a four-piece dance group with members from Japan and China and fans in both territories, announced their latest song, ‘Hali Gali,’ published on YouTube and 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 typical live-action scene. Still, as the video progresses, the visual production and camerawork become ever more incongruous and overwhelmingly weird.

WARPs UP Hali Gali

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 artworks and transcends national borders. WARPs UP is one of the groups within the WARPs project.

The group includes two members from Japan and two from China. On the Japanese side, RIKIMARU is a dancer and 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.

Additionally, their official website has just been renewed.

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WARPs UP 360 Image

It now shows a 360 ° image art where the town of Shibuya representing Tokyo is intersecting together with the Shanghai Tower and the Great Wall of China within that world. It means the groups way of thinking where they want to become the bridge between Japan and China to take the world by storm!

Using dance as their secret weapon, WARPs UP paves the way to a new and exciting future as part of the groundbreaking WARPs project.

WARPs UP official website: https://avex.jp/warps/
WARPs UP YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/WARPsFACTORYTV/