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BALLET “GOLDEN TEMPLE” (Based on a novel by Yukio Mishima “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion”)

The most-well known novel by Mishima Yukio (1925-1970) based on the incident of burning down the Kinkaku-ji Tempel in Kyoto follows the bizarre relationship between a young monk and the Golden Temple which starts to unfold already in the main character’s childhood when he hears stories from his father about the most beautiful thing in the world. The temple with all its beauty conquers the young boy’s mind, changes it, manipulates with it by manifesting itself to the boy at the most inappropriate moment and then again, keeping all its beauty to itself. In the state of confusion, the young monk is left with no choice but to destroy the source of this beauty in order to be set free.


Why a ballet? A destructive idea starts to move somewhere in the undefined dark depth of a human being. Before we know the meaning, something stirs and dances inside us.
An idea becomes an act through the chain of movements. A lot of these movements are meetings with people. A relationship between two persons is described by their distance and changes in it better than by words.
But first and foremost, BEAUTY. At times, Mishima’s text is itself like a description of a beautiful and magical ballet production: “Each individual part contained a reference to the beauty of the next individual part. The beauty of each detail was filled with its anxiety. Beauty dreamt of perfection yet had no idea of finalization, and so it was lured on to the next unknown beauty.”


The strata of the ballet’s musical material are formed by a solo cello, pre-recorded material and electronics. The cello plays live on the stage during the whole ballet performance. The sequence of recorded music is formed by recordings made at the Golden Temple today (we will record in Japan in February 2019), the arrangements of recorded cello sounds and musical and nature sounds references from Mishima’s novel.
“Yet how strange a thing is the beauty of music! The brief beauty that the player brings into being transforms a given period of time into pure continuance; it is certain never to be repeated; like the existence of dayflies and other such short-lived creatures, beauty is a perfect abstraction and creation of life itself.”


Teet Kask, whose most recent productions include Anna Karenina and Swan Lake at Milano Ballet, is a choreographer of international recognition. He has worked at Estonian National Opera, Royal Swedish Ballet, Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet. Kask’s oeuvre consists of more than fifty dance performances.


Sander Mölder is a multifaceted composer, music producer and a DJ. Having started as a classically trained cellist, his compositions are a mix of contemporary electronic soundscapes and classical music. As a musician and a DJ he has toured and played on several stages around the world including the Royal Albert Hall in London, Primavera Festival in Spain and Open’er festival in Poland.


Timo Steiner is a composer with an open mind whose music is characterised by playful stylistic contrasts, variant development and a mosaic-like or block-based structure. His pieces have been played in the United States, Germany and Russia.

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