PEARL-SHINING LIGHT 2022

 24min 30sec  |  2022  | 

The butoh performance Pearl explores hidden beauty. A radiant force that lies inside a dark shell. A state of esoteric allure, an attraction, shapeless, underneath a reflective surface. Pearl is held by the darkness. It symbolises a defence force against a potential threat, either non-existent or existent. A primal response. From a bottomless depth, pearls are born, shining as dewdrops that fell out of the night sky into the moonlit sea.

The film shows a woman's realities, the actual and the experienced and how she is transformed / finds her way back to herself. A journey through the six sense spheres; taste, sight, smell, hearing, touch and selflessness. A story with a strong concentration of emotions, suspense and presence.
It will be a visual and magnificent experience where the boundaries between the beautiful and the ugly are liberatingly fluid. In Pearl, Frauke explores the hidden beauty. A radiant force inside a dark shell.

Butoh is an avant-garde form of dance theater created in Japan in the late 1950s. The more international choreographers who work with the art form, it continues to develop in different directions. The Swedish choreographer Caroline Lundblad, with the artist name Frauke, lives and works in Kyoto, Japan and is recognized for her very own Scandinavian entrance. In Pearl, there will also be influences from the Japanese traditional Noh theater, which Caroline is studying with Noh master Nobuyuki Oe, Kyoto.

A large part of Pearl's artistic team is based in Japan, including film director Yusuke Kitaguchi and costume designer Ryo Onishi - it will be a fashion lover's dream with exceptional costume changes in all six different scenes. The music is composed by Daniel Troberg, based in Los Angeles.


 

Performed by FRAUKE

Co-star KODAIJIN

Director   Yusuke Kitaguchi


Director of Photography   Yasushi Kurihara


Gaffer   Hikaru Kodani


Assistant Camera   Shinya Matsumoto,

Teruyuki Inoue, Kosuke Watanabe


Assistant Director   Yuya Makino


Costume Design   Ryo Onishi


Hair & Makeup   Yasuharu Hino


Assistant makeup   Shuna Nagise


Set design   Kenichi Nomura


Wire Work   Jun Yoshitake, Yuya Kiuchi,

Yuuki Oka, Kaori Tsujibayashi


Music   Daniel Troberg


Title Design   Hoisa Leong  


Editor   Yusuke Kitaguchi

Colorist   Masakazu Okuda


Assistant Editor   Donkey-Baby


Trailer edited by  Yoshihito Iyama


Web design  Sadae Iba

Locations
STUDIO QUE
SHIGA LOCATION OFFICE
MORIKE JUTAKU  by  KAN MORI

an ICHIBIRI PICS PRODUCTION

Supported by
Swedish Arts Council
The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
Region Västra Götaland
City of Gothenburg