Maxim Shalygin

composer | conductor | filmmaker

Title: GAKA (music for ballet)
Instrumentation: for 9 players
Year: 2018
Duration: 60’
First performer: Co. Un Yamada, Ema Yuasa & Tomoki Kanzaki
Premiere: 15 June 2018, Oerol Festival, Friesland, NL

Commissioner: Tomoko Mukaiyama with financial support of Fonds Podiumkunsten.

Buy Score: Donemus 


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 together with its location. The performance talks about the value of ritual in contemporary life: ritual is a pillar of civilization and spiritual life, and GAKA pays homage to this given. GAKA is a theatrical prayer performed by 20 Japanese dancers who dance, sing and play instruments. GAKA is an inquiry into borderland where performance and nature are actively connected and separated.