Woman in the Dunes

Installation performance (2016)


Woman in the Dunes is inspired by the Japanese novel of the same name, written by Kobo Abe. It tells the story of a woman living in a deep dune hollow, only to be entered by a hanging ladder. She keeps a man captured, who’s fate it is to survive in a sand pit day after day.

Tomoko’s Woman in the Dunes is a micro-cosmos in a dune hollow on Terschelling. The audience is trapped in the sand pit with a pianist, and makes an escape from everyday life for a moment. Tomoko fills the dune hollow with piano music, shrouded in a transparent silver installation created by the young Chinese designer Ting Gong.

Maquette installation by Ting Gong


Concept: Tomoko Mukaiyama
Music & performance: Tomoko Mukaiyama
Costume & installation: Ting Gong
Producer: Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation, Oerol
Support: Fonds Podiumkunsten


10-19 JUN – Oerol Festival, Terschelling (NL)