29 Jun - 9 Jul 2023

Portrait of Ryuichi Sakamoto
29 Jun - 9 Jul 2023
Versa Manchester Studios – accessed via Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ

Age Guidance: 14+, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult aged 18+
Running time: 80 minutes.

Accessibility features available for this event: Wheelchair Access

A groundbreaking mixed-reality concert event created by legendary composer and musician the late Ryuichi Sakamoto in collaboration with Tin Drum.

KAGAMI represented a new kind of concert, fusing dimensional moving photography with the real world to create a never-before-experienced mixed reality presentation.

Audiences were invited to wear optically transparent devices to view the virtual Sakamoto performing on piano alongside dimensional art aligned with the music. Presented in surround sound, the experience was both collective and individual, inviting observers to connect to the work – and each other – throughout.

While audiences could view the show in a seated format, they were also free to wander and explore during the hour-long event.

The late Sakamoto was an international sensation, with a body of work spanning from electronic to classical composition and performance, including original scores for Oscar-winning films such as The Last Emperor and The Revenant. KAGAMI brought Sakamoto into collaboration with Tin Drum – the world’s premier studio producing content for mixed reality devices.

As part of the experience, there was a scent specially created for this production.

Image: Ryuichi Sakamoto by Luigi & Iango, 2023

There is, in reality, a virtual me.
This virtual me will not age, and will continue to play the piano for years, decades, centuries.
Will there be humans then?

Will the squids that will conquer the earth after humanity listen to me?
What will pianos be to them?
What about music?
Will there be empathy there?

Empathy that spans hundreds of thousands of years.
Ah, but the batteries won’t last that long.

—Ryuichi Sakamoto, 2023

  • An immersive, emotional experience delivered with beautiful understatement

    Manchester Confidential

  • It is his exquisitely haunting music which really dazzles

    The Guardian

  • Completely Astonishing

    Manchester Evening News


Creative Team

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Composer and Performer

Todd Eckert, Director and Producer

Mary Hickson, Creative Producer & Production Manager

Tomaso Cariboni, Technical Producer

Aurelien Simon, Executive Producer


Produced by Tin Drum, in association with The Shed and Factory International for Manchester International Festival.

Yoyo Munk, Scientist and Mesh Surgeon
Matt Hermans, Lead 3-D Designer
Laurentiu Fenes, Lead Developer and Ship’s Captain
Martin Smith, Technical Lead
Ben Winstone, Server Developer
Quincy Campbell, Unity Developer
Koki Ibukuro, Tech Artist
Sophie Langohr, 3-D Artist

Alysha Naples, UX Director, Visual Design
Flave De Oliveira, Head of QA and UX

Seth Reiser, Lighting Designer
Angus Goodearl, Lighting Assistant

Kazuyuki ‘zAK’ Matsumura, Audio Designer
Ayumi Hanano, Audio System Designer
Satoshi Hama, Playback Engineer
Reese Donohue, Audio Prototyping

Bach for Airports mastered by Taylor Deupree

Miguel Quismodo, Juan Carlos Bragado & Gloria Saa Garcia for MQ Architects, Architecture and Spatial Design

Yoka KAGAMI Scent:
Developed with Ryuichi Sakamoto
Composed, Directed and Produced by Shinichiro Ogata, Designer/Founder of SIMPLICITY
Inez Westerhausen & Yuiko Yoshida, Coordination

Josh Faust, Technical consultant
William O’Donnell, IT Specialist
Roderick Carter, IT Specialist
Angela O’Donnel, IT Specialist
Pete Short, Producer
Simone Einfalt, Producer ZUBR
Chris Muybridge, Developer ZUBR

George Fuentes, Artistry
David ‘Scooter’ Naney, Prototyper

Julia Hendrickson, Video Editor
Sara Melvin, Video Editor
Peadar Gill, Video Editor

Lee Baxter, Photography
Taiji Matsue, Photography
Dagon James, Photo Editing
Mori Arany, Photo retouching


Stephen Schible, Director and Editor of CODA


From All Star Video by Nam June Paik. 

Photo by Yukihiro Yoshihara. 


Studio Miraval, France

Photo by Yuka Fujii

© Yuka Fujii


Photo by Kazunali Tajima 

© Kab Inc


Using Fairlight CMI

Photo by Hideki Namai

Courtesy of Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd


Best Original Score for The Last Emperor.

© Kyodo/Kyodo News Images. 

Norika Sora, KAB America
Alex Fellman, KAB America
Maria Takeuchi, KAB America

Anastasia James, Director of Operations Pittsburgh
Eliza Ryan, Curatorial Advisor
Rebecca Roche, Social Media Manager
Ian Alden Russel, Operations Assistant Pittsburgh

Sam Riehl, Cultural Counsel
Joanna Urtsan, Cultural Counsel

James Singer, Tin Drum Counsel, Partner, Fox Rothschild
Terrence Kerwin, Counsel, Fox Rothschild
Louisa Michaels, Finance Manager

Tom Gentry, Systems Engineer, Gunpowder
Tom Taylor, Systems Engineer, Gunpowder

Hisashi Itoh, Production Coordination, Tin Drum
Yuki Tsuji, Production Coordination, Tin Drum

David Viecelli, KAGAMI booking agent, The Billions Corporation

Daito Manabe, Director
Hajime Kotani (Crescent), Studio Head

Studio Engineers:
Tadayuki Suzuki (Crescent)
Takayuki Ochiai (Crescent)
Fumiaki Kudo (Crescent)
Yoshitaka Homma (Crescent)
Rinta Ito (Crescent)
Kenju Amauchi (Crescent)

Takao Inoue (Rhizomatiks), Producer

Naoki Ishizuka (Rhizomatiks)
Shintaro Kamijo (Rhizomatiks)
Muryo Homma (Rhizomatiks)

Daito Manabe, Director
MIKIKO (ELEVENPLAY), Choreographer
Keisuke Kikuch, Motion Capture Engineer
Yoko Shiraiwa (ELEVENPLAY), Manager

Daito Manabe, Director

Takao Inoue (Rhizomatiks), Producer

Naoki Ishizuka (Rhizomatiks), Manager

Software Engineers:
Yuya Hanai (Rhizomatiks)
Tatsuya Ishii (Rhizomatiks)
Satoshi Horii (Rhizomatiks)
You Tanaka (Rhizomatiks)
Yuta Okuyama

Visual Artists:
Toshihiko Sakata (+Ring)
Kenta Katsuno (+Ring)
Takeshi Ozaki (+Ring)
Tsukasa Iwaki (+Ring)
Hiroki Miura (+Ring)
Go Takahashi (+Ring)
Toru Ehara
Mitobe Satoshi
Junichi Ebe
Iwaikawa Yuji (Cai)

Kyoko Koyama, MIDI Data Adjustment Specialist

Test Shoot Participants:
Tatsuki Hayashi, Pianist
Gen Terai (KAJIMOTO), Pianist Manager

Kenichi Togawa (Burri), Prototyping Studio Designer

MIKIKO (ELEVENPLAY), Motion Capture Choreographer

Motion Capture Dancers:

Keisuke Kikuch, Motion Capture Engineer

Yoko Shiraiwa (ELEVENPLAY), Motion Capture Manager

Ric Watts, Senior Producer

Mike Pony, Producer

Rebecca Burgess, Production Administrator

Chris Clay, Factory International Technical Lead

Rory Howson, Production Manager

Set list

Before Long

Aoneko no Torso


Energy Flow


The Seed and The Sower

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence


The Last Emperor



Access Information

Please note that KAGAMI is experienced through optically-transparent mixed reality headsets which will not fit comfortably over worn prescription eyewear. Guests requiring vision correction should wear contact lenses if able to do so. In-device lens correction solutions are available for glasses wearers, but due to the limitations of the device, guests should be advised that these lenses may not offer perfect vision correction.

KAGAMI takes place at Versa Studios – accessed via Aviva Studios, Water Street Water St, Manchester M3 4JQ. Please note Versa Studios can be a little tricky to find so we recommend heading to Aviva Studios and it's then a short walk across and a member of staff will be able to guide you.

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Accessible ticketing can be booked online and via email and phone for this event.

Below is an overview of access booking information:

Online booking: How to book Access and PA Tickets

Email Address: access@factoryinternational.org

Phone number: 0161 817 4531 (phone lines are open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

The space where the event will take place is Studio 12. There is step free access in Studio 12 and wheelchair movement will be possible in the space.

The event will be set up as unreserved seating, with a mix of freestanding seats with backs and some tall bar chairs without backs. Attendees will have the choice to move around the Studio as they please to experience the performance from different angles.

Assistance dogs are welcome at Versa Manchester Studios.

Due to the nature of the technology, this production is recommended for audiences aged 14+. Headsets are not approved by the manufacturer for use by children under the age of 14, and children under that age will not be permitted.

For further information about the Magic Leap 2 device please see the manufacturer’s safety guidance here.

As part of the experience, there is a scent specially created for this production. Please note that scent will be diffused throughout the space.

Travel Information

The closest stations to Versa Manchester Studios are:

Deansgate station and Deansgate-Castlefield tram: 0.3 miles

Salford Central station: 0.5 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.5 miles

Manchester Piccadilly station: 1.2 miles

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations, and near to Versa Manchester Studios along Deansgate, Bridge St and Quay St. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible. For full details of the free bus routes, please visit the TfGM website.

There is a car park approximately 0.3 miles from Versa Manchester Studios at Water Street Car Park, New Elm Rd, Manchester, M3 4JH.

There is also a NCP car park (Manchester Spinningfields) approximately 0.2 miles away from the venue at Spinningfields, New Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3BE. It has 35 accessible bays.

There are also a small number of Blue Badge spaces along Water St and Quay St. Otherwise head towards Liverpool Road, Great John St and Lower Byrom St – close the Science and Industry Museum where there are a small number of additional Blue Badge spaces.

For a list of other parking bays available in the area, visit Manchester City Council website.

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