A year of hard work

On this page you will get a special and an exclusive insight into the one-year project INORI by Karlheinz Stockhausen with interviews, videos and photos:


In INORI (the title is Japanese and means „prayer, invocation“), two dance-mimes are enthroned high above the 89-member orchestra on a scaffold. From there they highlight the music with prayer gestures that Stockhausen borrowed from different religions and for which he developed his own notation. But to rehearse these ritualistic movement processes needs time. And so two young dancer couples have been preparing since last summer for both Lucerne performances on 2 September 2018 at the KKL Lucerne, instructed by Alain Louafi and Kathinka Pasveer, who collaborated closely with Stockhausen himself.

Rehearsals and preparations for the „big day“

1 September | Get an insight behind the scences of the last days before the concert

Costumes for INORI created by fashion designer Lilla Wicki

25 August | So much history – I feel honored to be able to contribute to this legacy…

Jamil Attar on Stockhausen’s INORI

3 August | It helps me to understand deeply the spirit of INORI…

Take a look behind the scenes

20 July | In the following some impressions of the INORI rehearsals…

Alain Louafi collaborated closely with Stockhausen himself

30 June | There is an amount of hours that you have to spend to learn INORI…

Interview with Winnie and Diego

14 June | I’m now able to sit on my knees for more than 30 minutes without crying…

About Karlheinz Stockhausen

„The new function of music must be a religious one“, declared Karlheinz Stockhausen in his early years. Yet it was not until the 1970s, intensified through his encounter with East Asia and Zen Buddhism, that the spiritual orientation of his creative work clearly manifested itself … and unsettled Stockhausen’s avant-garde colleagues, who were completely fixated on the political dimension of art.

With the friendly support of:
B. Braun Medical AG, Kunststiftung NRW

Concert Dates

2 September 2018 – KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

Lin Liao, conductor
David Fulmer, conductor
Winnie Huang, dancer-mimes
Diego Vásquez, dancer-mimes
Paul Jeukendrup, sound design


Peter Eötvös, conductor
Jamil Attar, dancer-mimes
Emmanuelle Grach, dancer-mimes
Paul Jeukendrup, sound design

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