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Tomoko Mukaiyama (Netherlands / Japan / Italy)
La Mode(2016)日本初演

 Oct. 8 (sat) 20:00
 Oct. 9 (sun) 15:00 Babysitting Service & 19:00
 Oct. 10 (mon/holiday) 15:00
 Ticket counter opens 45 minutes prior to the performance.
 The performance begins at the same time as the door opens.

 Spiral Hall

This new opus revolves around “fashion,” which some even liken to a “new-age religion.” Based in the Netherlands, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama collaborates with ten dancers from the Spellbound Contemporary Ballet based in Rome, Italy in this piece. “La Mode” is an attempt to attack fashion from a distinctive perspective, in a theatrical and artistic space created by the architectural design firm Toyo Ito & Associates and textile designer Yoko Ando. It explores the power, sexuality, desire, self-expression, and social meaning of contemporary fashion through music, performance, and on-stage installations. It was selected for performance at the official opening of the National Taichung Theater (designed by Toyo Ito & Associates) in the city of Taichung, Taiwan in the fall of 2016, and will make its Japanese debut in Tokyo thereafter.
Concept & Artistic Direction: Tomoko Mukaiyama
Composition: Yannis Kyriakides
Choreography: Dunja Jocic in cooperation with Spellbound dancers
Choreographic Assistance: Alessandra Chirulli, Luca Cacitti
Set Design: Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, Yoko Ando
Costume Design: Slavna Martinovic
Lighting Design: Tanja Ruehl, Julian Marmsoler (operation)
Technical Direction: Yutaka Endo (LUFTZUG)
Sound Technician: Yuji Tsutsumida (WHITELIGHT)
Performance: TomokoMukaiyama(piano),Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Sarah Murphy (dance)
Dancers of Spellbound Contemporary Ballet: Fabio Cavallo, Maria Cossu, Claudia Mezzolla,Giuliana Mele, Violeta Wulff Mena, Giovanni La Rocca, Mario Laterza, Giacomo Todeschi, Serena Zaccagnini

Commission: National Taichung Theatre
Production: Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation
Co-production: Spellbound Contemporary Ballet
Associated Co-production: Dance New Air, Japan
Partnership: Transart festival, Italy
Funding: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Stichting Ammodo
Sponsorship: Shiseido Company, Limited

Special thanks to Multus, BIGI, Ambassadevanhet Koninkrijkder Nederlandends in Tokyo
Speaker System Support: Taguchi
Microphone Support: MediaIntegration, EarthworksMicrophone

初演 Premiere: September, 2016 National Taichung Theater (Taiwan)


Tomoko Mukaiyama

Born in the city of Shingu in Wakayama Prefecture, Tomoko Mukaiyama is a pianist and artist who now resides in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Following her victory in the competition for the Gaudeamus International Interpreters Award in the Netherlands in 1991, she performed as a pianist with internationally active orchestras. At the same time, she collaborated with film directors, designers, architects, photographers, and choreographers. More specifically, she has thus far worked with parties including Jiří Kylián, MERZBOW, Marina Abramović, Nicole Beutler, Kim Itoh, Masafumi Sanai, Daisuke Iga, and Yokomizu Makoto. In recent years, she has also been active as artist in her own right, and exhibited many installations at various venues, including “for you” (Yokohama Triennale 2005), “you and bach” (Biennale of Sydney 2006), “wasted” (Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2009), “Nocturne” (Setouchi Triennale 2012), and “Falling” (Aichi Triennale 2013). In Japan, she performed in the concert series “Multus” (2011 – 2013) and the dance concert “SHIROKURO” (Dance Triennale Tokyo 2009). In 2007, she established the Tomato Mukaiyama Foundation in the Netherlands. For the purpose of verbalizing femininity and clarifying connections with society through artistic works, she established the foundation Multus in Japan in 2015, and is exercising her creativity in the field of production as well. She is scheduled to participate in the Saitama Triennale 2016 held in this fall, and is going to show “Home,” a newly created installation there.

Program held at the same time

Saitama Triennale 2016
Sept. 24 (sat) – Dec. 11 (sun)

Tomoko Mukaiyama “HOME”
“Home,” an exhibition of installations on the theme of “home” by Tomoko Mukaiyama. The installations are set up in a vacant house and evoke memories of “home” in the minds of viewers.