Kenta Kojiri &
Arditti Quartet

At the Core

Kenta Kojiri & Arditti Quartet, At the Core © igaki photo studio
Kenta Kojiri & Arditti Quartet, At the Core © igaki photo studio

21 & 22.06.23

Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris

Created in Japan in 2019, At the Core celebrates interactions between Japanese and European culture via the encounter with the Arditti quartet, considered one of the most prestigious contemporary music formations, and the world-class Japanese dancer-choreographer Kenta Kojiri. With At the Core, they offer a med-itative programme with music by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa (Passage, 2019), a piece that spans the gap between dream and reality. Then come two compositions by a major figure of contemporary music Wolfgang Rihm: Geste zu Vedova (2015), in which the choreographer uses a software interface to visualise the structure of a piece of music and transpose it in new movements, thenIm Innersten (1976), which alternates between dramatic tension and relaxation, drawing a force from “the anger that stems from the conflict and friction typical of youth”.

From Japan, Kenta Kojiri was awarded the Prix de Lausanne in 1999 and joined the Ballets de Monte-Carlo at the age of 18 and then moved to the Nederlands Dans Theater from 2003 to 2010. He has performed for Jirí Kylián, Sylvie Guillem, Crystal Pite or Wim Vandekeybus. He also writes his own projects since 2010, produces several choreographies for operas and figure skating and teaches at an international level. In 2017, he founded SandD (Surface and Destroy), a collaborative project with artists, researchers and technicians.