Hypnagogia by
Ryo Matsui Architects

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Japanese studio Ryo Matsui Architects hung steel chains to create upside-down domes above the stage of a music recital in Tokyo (+ slideshow).

Hypnagogia by Ryo Matsui Architects

The stage set was created last spring for a performance of Hypnagogia, a recital named after the drowsy state between sleep and wakefulness.

Hypnagogia by Ryo Matsui Architects

A total of seven domes were suspended above the heads of performers and were illuminated with colours that changed for different stages of the music.

Hypnagogia by Ryo Matsui Architects

See also: a suspended network of chains in a church in Belgium.

Hypnagogia by Ryo Matsui Architects

Photography is by Tetsu Hiraga.

Hypnagogia by Ryo Matsui Architects

Here's a little more information from Ryo Matsui Architects:


It was scenic art project which was held in Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, Tokyo in March, 2011.

Hypnagogia by Ryo Matsui Architects

“Hypnagogia” was the play which consisted of words and music.

Hypnagogia by Ryo Matsui Architects

Site: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall
Promoter: M-site
Date: 12-13th March 2011
Principal Use: Scenic Art

Hypnagogia by Ryo Matsui Architects

Play wright/Theatre Director: Bun-oh Fujisawa
Pianist/Composer: Hibiki Inamoto
Aromatherapist: Ayaka Arito

  • Celia

    A direct reference to Gaudi and his models for designing churches.