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100162 - ISHII: Kaguyahime (Netherlands Dance Theatre, 1994) (PAL)
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Jiri Kylian: Kaguyahime / The Moonprincess

The Nederlands Dance Theatre, Choreography Jiri Kylian, composed and conducted by Maki Ishii

Running Time: 70 min
Menu languages: GB, D, F, SP
Region Code: 2,5
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Sel. No. 100 162 PAL

Kaguyahime is one of Japan's oldest fairytales. The story of the mysterious Moon Princess inspired Jiri Kylián to create a full-length ballet and to commission a score from the Japanese composer Maki Ishii. Through its use of western percussion instruments and Japanese drums, the work combines both occidental and oriental elements, its rhythmic vitality providing a musical structure for the poetic tale. Woodwind instruments extend the tonal colour, as does the use of traditional Gagaku music from the Japanese court.

When Jirí Kylián first discovered the fairytale, he found two compelling reasons to choreograph it. First, he was interested in the way the story combines realistic and supernatural elements as only fairytales can; and secondly, he was fascinated by what the tale reveals of Japanese culture through the interplay of the earth and the moon.


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