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 ne ed 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

Damien Jalet

Meytal Blanaru

Choreographer Assistant
Emilios Arapoglou

Set Design
Jim Hodges

Lighting Design
Emma Jones

Costume Design
Jean-Paul Lespagnard

Costume Design Assistant
Léa Capisano

Original music by Winter Family (Rosenthal/Klaine). Recorded in the German Temple, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Additional Rhythms: Gabriele Miracle
Rehearsal Director: Jori Kerremans

Dancers of the Scottish Dance Theatre