Celebrating Kylián! | No. 2 East Shadow + Free Fall
“East Shadow + Free Fall”
Jiří Kylián, Jason Akira Somma, Tomoko Mukaiyama, Sabine Kupferberg and Gary Chryst
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 a stunning piece about the life of a man and a woman. Based on Samuel Beckett’s general concept of the absurd, man’s eternal quest to find a partner is analysed. In a magisterial performance, dancers Sabine Kupferberg and Gary Chryst engage in a tragicomic drama as they 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.
Motionless photos — artificially constructed emotional state, puzzles and labyrinths — Art and artificiality. Two words with the same root, but totally opposite in their meaning.
Why this installation?
It is my way of dealing with the tension between reality and imagination. And it is my attempt to stop the time for a fraction of a second, and take time to look at it quietly… Performing artists are trained to reproduce such an emotional state in an instant.
A photographic image is a guillotine, separating us from the past and the future, and at the same time bringing both back together in the moment of exposure. The result is “frozen choreography”. These images of this motionless theatre will survive the performer for many years to come…
Sabine is photographed simultaneously from the front and from the back. Torn apart by what was and what will be, in all its irrational forms.
I made these images because I am fascinated by Sabine’s gift to change with the years, and by her ability to express her ever changing emotional world. Her ability to make a “truthful reproduction of emotions”. It is another step in our creative relationship… Another step of holding on, and letting go…
Jiří Kylián – May 2016