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Celebrating Kylián! No. 2 East Shadow

Jiří Kylián | Kylián Productions BV

Jiří Kylián created East Shadow especially for the Aichi Triennial 2013 in Japan. Inspired by the main theme of the festival - the tsunami of 2011 and its victims - he created an impressive performance about the life of a man and a woman. Based on Samuel Beckett’s absurdism, man’s eternal quest to find a partner is analyzed. In a magisterial performance, dancers Sabine Kupferberg and Gary Chryst engage in a tragicomic drama and confront the audience with the vulnerability of life, the banality of our desires, and the catastrophe that could befall anyone. To the compositions of pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama and with film by Jason Akira Somma, the overwhelming tragedy of the destruction is poignantly portrayed. 

choreography, concept Jiří Kylián | assistant to the choreographer, video, soundscape Jason Akira Somma | music Franz Schubert piano sonata D959 Andantino, Tomoko Mukaiyama Beginning (2013), and East Shadow (2013, inspired by Charlemagne Palestine and Somei Sato) | piano (live) Tomoko Mukaiyama | texts Samuel Beckett Neither, spoken by Jiří Kylián and Olivier Kruithof | performers Sabine Kupferberg, Gary Chryst | film Jason Akira Somma | artistic assistant/stage manager Patrick Marin | costume design Joke Visser, Hermien Hollander (realisatie) | stage design Jiří Kylián | technical production, light design Loes Schakenbos | wardrobe Sara Meerman | world première 14 September 2013, Nagoya, Japan for Aichi Triennale 2013 | project manager Carmen Thomas (Kylián Productions BV)

Executive Producer is Kylian Productions BV. Produced by Aichi Triennale 2013 (JP), Korzo producties (NL) en Monte Carlo Dance Forum (MC) in co-production with Rolex (JP), Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation (NL), Beckett International Festival (IRE), Athens Epidaurus Festival (GR)


On 21 March 2017 master choreographer and native son of The Hague Jiří Kylián turned 70. The Holland Dance Festival, Kylián Productions and Foundation, the Zuiderstrandtheater, Korzo theater and Productions and Nederlands Dans Theater will celebrate his birthday in style with an eclectic festival: Celebrating Kylián! Throughout the year various aspects of Kylián’s multifaceted artistry will be presented.

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