The seed of The nights of Yukio takes us to a mask gifted to Neiro. When we traced the roots of the mask, we found the now passed away (2014) mask maker Yukio Shimoda from Wakayama. He had been through all his life as a teacher, and when he was in his forties he started to make Noh-men, then later shifted to Ningei-men which is for their village festivals. Sometime a face he saw in his dream, sometime a face he met in his daily life. He never stopped to make masks until he passed away. When recently Gotsu Gotsu Shimoda found a large box of masks in the home of his father, that was the moment when "The Nights of Yukio" began. when Norwegian director Janne Hoem saw a footage of NEIRO's mask dance, the story took a sudden turn and met with the land of Northern Europe. "The mask is the land, the mask is the people", Gotsu Gotsu Shimoda whispered. In honor of Yukio Shimoda and in honor of following dreams we are dedicating this performance to the holy land of Kumano Wakayama.