dance performance (2018)

GAKA is the Japanese word for ‘noble song’. GAKA is a ritual performance in which dance, music and stage design equally contribute to an aesthetic experience. It was premiered during Oerol festival on the islands of Terschelling (NL), and travelled to Kochi (JP) and Kozu island (JP). By theatrical prayer performed by 10 Japanese dancers who dance, sing and play instruments.


Concept & Direction: Tomoko Mukaiyama
Choreographer: Un Yamada
Music: Maxim Shalygin
Performers: Co. Un Yamada, Ema Yuasa & Tomoki Kanzaki
Stage design: Tomoko Mukaiyama/ Ting Gong
Costume: Tomoko Mukaiyama/ Ting Gong
Technical Director: Yutaka Endo, Luftzug
Co-production: The Museum of Art, Kochi (JP), Oerol Festival, Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation & Multus (JP)
Partner: Co. Un Yamada (JP)
Production Manager: Toshiko Uehara
Supported: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Stimuleringsfonds, Arts Council Tokyo, Japan Art Council (JP) Dutch Embassy (JP), The Saison Foundation(JP)