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
Cast & Credits
Direction and choreography:Nicole Beutler
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/ Nicole Beutler Projects
Co-production: Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation, Nicole Beutler Projects
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.