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. Winnie Huang and Diego Vásquez, two of the dancers, will give you a deeper insight into the work, the intensive rehearsal sessions and what they are going through in this process:

About INORI

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.

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.

Concert Dates

2 September 2018 – KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall
11.00am

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY
Lin Liao, conductor
David Fulmer, conductor
Winnie Huang, dancer-mimes
Diego Vásquez, dancer-mimes
Paul Jeukendrup, sound design


5.00pm

Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY
Peter Eötvös, conductor
Jamil Attar, dancer-mimes
Emmanuelle Grach, dancer-mimes
Paul Jeukendrup, sound design

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