Meet Maiko Yamamoto, director of a dance production inspired by ASMR

Maiko Yamamoto is an Artistic Director and member of the Theatre Replacement theatre company in Vancouver, Canada. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a specialization in Theatre, along with a Masters of Applied Arts in visual arts.

Part of the mission of Maiko and her theatre company is to “build performances that react to contemporary existence.”

This mission was clearly manifested in a recent ASMR-inspired experimental dance work.

The ASMR-inspired show was, “The Sensationalists”. The world premiere was held May 12 – 16, 2015, at The Cultch Historic Theatre in Vancouver.

The show was created by 605 Collective, a Vancouver-based dance company, who commissioned Maiko to direct the work.

These two companies describe their final product as “an immersive performance experience that pushes both companies into new territories, exploring concepts surrounding various sensory phenomena.”

Maiko shares the first time she experienced ASMR, her favorite ASMR video, her goals of the show (which truly embody ASMR), and how the dancers used movements and words to express ASMR.

Below are my questions in bold followed by her replies in italics.

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The first orchestral composition inspired by ASMR

Jocelyn Morlock is the Composer in Residence of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Canada.

She has the admirable distinction of being the first woman composer in residence in the history of this orchestra.

Now she has another terrific distinction – she may be the first person in history to create an orchestral composition inspired by ASMR.

And the title of her musical composition does a wonderful job of evoking ASMR.

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ASMR video smackdown: Bubbles vs Calligraphy

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityI’m not really sure what a “smackdown” is, it just seemed like a good fit in the title.

It is probably bad form to use terms that are not in my wheelhouse.

Heck, I’m not really sure what a wheelhouse is either.  Or if I have one.

Vocabulary insecurities aside, we have an ASMR video smackdown to get to.

I have selected these two videos because they both may fall into the “unintentional” ASMR video category.  This means that the videos may not have been specifically created to trigger ASMR.

Although I do think both were created to induce relaxation, so maybe they fall into a “semi-intentional” ASMR category?

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