In 2014, Scotland's major contemporary dance company Scottish Dance Theatre commissioned Damien Jalet to choreographe Yama, a 30-minute piece for 8 dancers, created in collaboration with revered American visual artist Jim Hodges, to an original score by Winter Family.
Yama means Japanese for "mountain" and also relates to the god of death in Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism. The performance explores the mythology associated with mountains, blurring the thin human boundaries with the vegetal and animal world and exploring man’s vital need to rise. The piece is a mysterious and visceral metaphor of collective ascension. The haunting score by Winter Family underlines the light and dark opposition that generates dancers’ movements, while Jean Paul Lespagnard‘s costumes reinvent pagan fertility rites with original horse hairs used in Balinese Theatre.
Running time : 55 mins
Choreographer : Damien Jalet
Choreographer Assistants : Meytal Blanaru and Emilios Arapoglou
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
Rehearsal Director : Jori Kerremans