SHIROKURO

A dance concert by Nicole Beutler, Tomoko Mukaiyama and Jean Kalman / 2012

the performance

The literal meaning of the Japanese title SHIROKURO is ‘white-black’. SHIROKURO defines contrasts. Darkness accentuates light. Sound accentuates silence. The idea of hell delineates heaven. Playfulness is intensified by confrontation with directness.

Galina Ustvolskaja’s compositions Piano Sonata No. 6 and No. 5 are the beating heart of SHIROKURO. The powerful, pulsating rhythms of the music penetrate to the innermost core, and continue to resonate until the very end. This is an utterly uncompromising dance concert. Dancer Mitchell-Lee van Rooij, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, choreographer Nicole Beutler and lighting designer Jean Kalman have created a work of such precision and unrelenting energy that it challenges the audience to face their own existential contrasts.

The Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaja is known as ‘the woman with the hammer’. Her radical music drives the physical expression of dancer and pianist alike. And at the golden section of the performance, they create a contrast with a lyrical interlude based on Schumann’s Six Studies Op. 56. A technical intervention cuts short this brief respite.

The four artists have an abiding mutual interest in each other’s fields. Nicole Beutler’s sense of musicality is central to her work, which includes 2: Dialogue with Lucinda and 3: The Garden. Tomoko Mukaiyama makes use of her physicality in her art and her stage performances, and she often works with choreographers such as Jiri Kylián, Kim Ito and Club Guy & Roni. Dancer Mitchell Lee van Rooij is performing for the first time outside the context of a permanent company, and he has translated his sense of freedom as part of this intensive collaboration into a powerful expressiveness. Jean Kalman is an internationally renowned lighting designer for operas such as the recent production of Parsifal by De Nederlandse Opera. His lighting plays an equal part in this powerful interplay of artistic forces.

winner Dioraphte award Nederlandse Dansdagen 2014

credits

Direction and choreography
Nicole Beutler
Pianist
Tomoko Mukaiyama
Lichting design and set concept
Jean Kalman
Created and performed by
Mitchell-Lee van Rooij
Music
Galina Oestvolskaja, Tomoko Mukaiyama(gebaseerd op Schumann’s Six Studies Op. 56)
Research and assistance
Justa ter Haar
Costumes
Yohji Yamamoto, Karen Bergeon
Technical coordinator
Paul Schimmel
Licht technician
Grand Theater Groningen (André Pronk)
Technician
Rene Rood
Production
Marieke Peters, Josta Obbink
Management
Marieke Peters/TMF, Marten Oosthoek/NBprojects
Co-production
Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation, NBprojects

This production is being made by the Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation and NBprojects in coproduction with the Tokyo Dance Triennale, Holland Festival (Amsterdam) DeSingel (Antwerp), Grand Theatre Groningen and supported by the Artist in Residence program of Tanzlabor_21 / Tanzbasis Frankfurt_Rhein_Main Supported by: Fund for the Performing Arts NL, Ammodo Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Japan Foundation.

premiere 13 October 2012
premiere 18 June 2013
Holland Festival, Amsterdam (NL)
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2012
Oct13
SHIROKURO
Spiral Hall Spiral Hall, Tokyo (JP)
Premiere (JP)
Oct14
SHIROKURO
Spiral Hall Spiral Hall, Tokyo (JP)
Oct17
SHIROKURO
Seoul Performing Arts Festival Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Seoul (Korea)
Oct18
SHIROKURO
Seoul Performing Arts Festival Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Seoul (Korea)
2013
Jan30
SHIROKURO
deSingel deSingel, Antwerpen (BE)
Premiere (B)
Jan31
SHIROKURO
deSingel deSingel, Antwerpen (BE)
Jun18
SHIROKURO
Holland Festival Holland Festival, Amsterdam (NL) Stadsschouwburg
Premiere (NL)
Aug30
SHIROKURO
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE)
Aug31
SHIROKURO
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE)
Oct26
SHIROKURO
Wien Modern Festival Wien Modern Festival, Wenen (AT)
Oct27
SHIROKURO
Wien Modern Festival Wien Modern Festival, Wenen (AT)
Dec10
SHIROKURO
Kannon Dance Kannon Dance, St.Petersburg (RU)
2014
Jan04
SHIROKURO
Chasse Theater Chasse Theater, Breda (NL)
Jan14
SHIROKURO
Toneelschuur Toneelschuur, Haarlem (NL)
Feb11
SHIROKURO
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
Feb12
SHIROKURO
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
Feb14
SHIROKURO
De Goudse Schouwburg De Goudse Schouwburg, Gouda (NL)
Feb27
SHIROKURO
Rotterdamse Schouwburg Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL)
Mar08
SHIROKURO
Korzo Korzo, Den Haag (NL)
Apr04
SHIROKURO
Odeon De Spiegel Odeon De Spiegel, Zwolle (NL)
Apr11
SHIROKURO
De Lawei De Lawei, Drachten (NL)
Apr25
SHIROKURO
Teo Otto Theater Teo Otto Theater, Remscheid (DE)
Sep11
SHIROKURO
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
Sep12
SHIROKURO
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
Oct03
SHIROKURO
Theater aan het Vrijthof Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht (NL) Nederlandse Dansdagen Openingsprogramma

reviews

Mukaiyama bangs the keys so loudly, often with fists or underarms, that she regularly launches herself from her stool, her long black hair (a wig made of horsehair and real hair) flying back and forth like wild manes. On Van Rooij’s part the sounds pulsate their way out through his body. (Mirjam van der Linden, Volkskrant, 18/6/2013)

When Mukaiyama loosens herself from the piano and finally meets Lee van Rooij in a duet, the pair is a yin-yang sign in the flesh, light and dark, each other’s indispensable opposites. ****
(Sander Hiskemuller, Trouw, 17/6/2013)

Darkness versus light, sound versus silence, playful humor versus rigidity, the performance plays with extremes. It is amazing how this trio of artists have whipped up in the search for extremes each other. Image, dance and music merge in Shirokuro a poignant sensory experience. ****
(Moos van den Broek, Theaterkrant, 30/1/2013)