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 

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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.

 GAKA [film]
The sky is the way to the universe, if people are awed by nature, they become modest in order to be able to connect there. GAKA is the Japanese word for noble song. GAKA is a ritual performance in which dance, music and stage design contribute equally to an aesthetic experience together with the specific location and time of day. GAKA is a theatrical prayer performed by 20 Japanese dancers who dance, sing and play instruments. GAKA is an enquiry into a borderland where performance and nature are actively connected and separated. GAKA is a film by Tomoko Mukaiyama & Aryan Kaganof.

SCRIPT & DIRECTOR ARYAN KAGANOF | DIRECTOR TOMOKO MUKAIYAMA | DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY WIRO FELIX | MUSIC MAXIM SHALYGIN | SOUND KEES DE GROOT | SUPPORTED BY THE NETHERLANDS FILM FUND & TOMOKO MUKAIYAMA FOUNDATION (JAPAN ART COUNCIL)