Nicole Beutler/Tomoko Mukaiyama/Jean Kalman



Mousonturm Saal

Concert/Dance/International Summer Lab

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. 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. 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. 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.

Concept and direction: Tomoko Mukaiyama, Nicole Beutler, Jean Kalman * Composition: Galina Ustvolskaya, Tomoko Mukaiyama (based on Robert Schumann’s Six Studies Op. 56) * Choreography: Nicole Beutler * Lightning and set design: Jean Kalman * Piano: Tomoko Mukaiyama * Created in collaboration with dancer Mitchell-Lee van Rooij * Research and assistance: Justa ter Haar * Costume: Yohji Yamamoto, Karen Bergeon * Technical coordination: Paul Schimmel * Lightning: Grand Theatre Groningen (André Pronk) * Sound: René Rood * Production: Marieke Peters, Josta Obbink * Management: Marieke Peters / TMF en Marten Oosthoek / NBprojects.

Made possible through Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation and NB projects in coproduction with the Dance Triennale Tokyo, Holland Festival (Amsterdam), DeSingel (Antwerp), Grand Theatre Groningen. Supported by the Artist in Residence program of Tanzlabor_21/Tanzbasis Frankfurt_Rhein_Main, Fund for the Performing Arts NL, Ammodo Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Japan Foundation. With special thanks to Janine Dijkmeijer

German Premiere