Hiroaki Umeda was born in 1977 and currently lives and works in Tokyo.
He studied photography at the Nihon University in Japan and decided to start dancing at the age of 20. In 2000 Hiroaki Umeda founded his own company «S20» and since he has started making own pieces. One of his represented piece "while going to a condition" was presented at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales (France) and was hailed as " a visual and sensorial experience... The discovery of a young artist, both original and promising.".  Following that "Finore" (2003) was presented at FIND Festival (Canada),and  "Duo" at Panorama dance festival (Brazil). After a residency at the Chaufferie (Philippe Decouflé's rehearsal space), Hiroaki Umeda performed "Accumulated Layout" in 2007 at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris. Those pieces have been presented at important festivals all over the world, such as Kunsten festival des arts (Belgium), at Berbican Centre in Mime festival (England), Rome Europa festival (Rome), Festival d'Automne (France) and so on.
Since his first group piece project with the Finnish dancers in 2008, he has started choreographing to other dancers, which wiil be his future ten-year project. Also he has started working on video piece, sound piece and installation as an extension of his solo project.
Hiroaki Umeda is a pluridisciplinary artist : choreographer, dancer, sound, image and lighting designer. His work is both minimal and radical, subtle and violent, and is created to be "experienced". He is now recognized more as a visual artist rather than a choreographer, a mover rather than a dancer.