Tomoko Mukaiyama’s latest work SADO fuses PUPPETRY with digital technology and combines the depth of human emotions with the imaginative power of literary FICTION.
Joruri is a traditional form of Japanese puppet theatre that seamlessly blends reality and fantasy, incorporating Buddhist philosophy with comical storylines which reminisce soap operas. In SADO, puppet master Hachirobe Nishihashi brings to life a curious mix of ancient stagecraft, electronic MUSIC, and 3D ANIME. Together, Mukaiyama and Hachirobe tell a story of unrequited love through the techniques of diverse creators, fearlessly copy and paste contemporary expressions into deep-rooted traditions.
Tomoko Mukaiyama (Pianist/Artist/Director)
Tomoko Mukaiyama is a Dutch-Japanese pianist, visual artist and director based in Amsterdam. In 1991 she was the first Japanese pianist to win the prestigious Dutch Gaudeamus competition and in 1993 she won the Muramatsu Prize in Japan, which is awarded to an outstanding musician. She has been engaged by many prestigious orchestras and ensembles throughout the world, like the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, the London Sinfonietta and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, among many others. Tomoko uses her experience as a concert pianist to bring new dimensions to the concert space – as a multi-modal artist she develops performing arts projects and art installations that combine music with modern dance, fashion and visual art.