Mountains are being worshipped since ancient times and believed to be in numerous cultures a place of transcendence, a gate between worlds.
Yama ( moutain in japanese) finds it s source of inspiration in different pagan and animist rituals , and in particular those practiced by the yamabushis, japanese ascetic monks still practicing today in the sacred mountains of Tohoku, the region of Japan devasted by the Tsunami and nuclear catastrophy in 2011. Yamabushis ( those who lie on the moutain ) believe that mountain is a mother, a womb from wich you come from and to wich you return when you die. Yama is a piece traversed by transformative energy.
Constructed on an abstract geometric form created by American artist Jim Hodges, that suggest at times a ant's nest, a vulcanic crater or a medicine wheel, pierced by a mysterious passage hole, Yama oscillates between a moving sculpture and a possession ritual. The haunting score of Winter Family underline the light and dark opposition that generates dancer's movements, while the costumes of Jean-Paul Lespagnard reinvent pagan fertility rites costumes, involving original horse hairs used in Balinese Theater.
Blurring the thin human boundaries with the vegetal and animal world and exploring man's vital need to rise, Yama is an mysterious and visceral metaphore of a collective ascent. for any bookings www.quaternaire.org
CHOREOGRAPHY: Damien Jalet
REHEARSAL DIRECTOR: Jori Kerremans
ASSISTANT: Meytal Blanaru
SET DESIGN: Jim Hodges
LIGHTING DESIGN: Emma Jones
COSTUME DESIGN: Jean-Paul Lespagnard
COSTUME DESIGN ASSISTANT: Léa Capisano
MUSIC: Winter Family
ADDITIONAL RHYTHMS: Gabriele Miracle
theDundee Rep, 20th of february 2014.
"imagination left run riot …tight and full blooded.. . the otherworldly atmosphere brilliantly rendered by Jalet and his dancers is made even more unsettling by Winter Family's angular original soundtrack."
"Yama is an extraordinarily clever work with each theatrical element perfectly balanced; the result is a piece of mesmerising brilliance. "
"profound and visually captivating"
"A jarring, hypnotic piece of choreography which is as mesmerising, intense and beautiful as the distorted throb of Winter Family's post-rock soundtrack."
ACROSS THE ARTS
"magnificent … "
DER FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEIN
"Yama is an awe-inspiring piece that gathers energy as it grows, and calls on the things that make us human, from echoes of shamanic strangeness to the sense of a city blinking and whirring. It’s a piece that without doubt owes as much to design (Jean-Paul Lespagnard’s costumes in particular) as to Jalet’s fascinating choreography, and the interaction between the two is at the core of its resonance….Yama leaves its tingle and stain under the skin, like a memory both startling and full of recognition."
"Profound, powerful and hugely demanding"