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Gaka (Tomoko Mukaiyama, Aryan Kaganof, 2020)


The sky is the way to the universe, if people are awed by nature, they become modest in order to be able to connect there. Gaka is the Japanese word for noble song. Gaka is a ritual performance in which dance, music and stage design contribute equally to an aesthetic experience together with the specific location and time of day. Gaka is a theatrical prayer performed by 20 Japanese dancers who dance, sing and play instruments. Gaka is an enquiry into a borderland where performance and nature are actively connected and separated. Based upon a script by and initiated by Aryan Kaganof.

22' / DCP / colour / sound

Dir: Tomoko Mukaiyama & Reinier van Brummelen
Prod: seriousFilm - Marc Thelosen & Koert Davidse
Scen: Aryan Kaganof
Country: The Netherlands, Japan
Completed: 2020
Language: no dialogue
Screening format: DCP
Cast: Ema Yua
Dancers: Tomoki Kanzaki, Chisa Hirosue, Sayuri Iimori, Chinami Ito, Yoko Mita, Shoko Nishida, Yuki Nishiyama, Mayu Yamazaki, Ayako Yamashita

Tomoko Mukaiyama: first film

Reinier van Brummelen:
To Stay Alive - A Method (feature doc, co-director, 2016); Derniers Mots (feature documentary, co-director, 2008)

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Distributor: EYE Experimental
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