Running time is approx. 1 hour 30 mins with no interval
Ticket holders are strongly advised to be seated before the performance begins, as latecomers cannot be admitted
A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests commissioned by the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in coproduction with Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera and in cooperation with Berliner Staatsoper. The production »Matsukaze« is funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation. Made in Radialsystem® Sasha Waltz & Guests is funded by the state of Berlin.
HOSOKAWA Toshio is highly regarded internationally as a composer of today. The New National Theatre Tokyo presents a HOSOKAWA opera for the first time. "Matsukaze" which libretto by Hannah DÜBGEN is based on a classic Noh play of the same name, of which HOSOKAWA composed a one-act, five-scene opera. It was first staged in May 2011 at la Monnaie, Brussels, produced by one of the world's top choreographers, Sasha WALTZ. WALTZ had already undertaken the choreography and production for the operas "Médée" and "Dido and Aeneas", which portray the fate of two women of the ancient world, bringing together music, dance and voice to establish what is called choreographic opera. Sasha WALTZ's first production of "Matsukaze" was a joint venture with la Monnaie, the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, and the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, with the cooperation of the Berlin State Opera. It received accolades in the Financial Times for "the 80 minutes of the performance pass all too quickly" thanks to the naturalness and subtle elegance of HOSOKAWA's music, an innovativeness of performance giving unity of expression to dance and voice, and the artistic effectiveness of SHIOTA Chiharu's installation through which the dead and living come and go. For its ambitious programme that began with this production of "Matsukaze", la Monnaie was chosen as Opera House of the Year that year by Opernwelt magazine.
This first ever staging in Japan of "Matsukaze" sees Ilse EERENS and Charlotte HELLEKANT play Matsukaze and her sister Murasame-difficult roles in terms of both the singing and acting. Grigory SHKARUPA is in the role of the mendicant monk, and the conducting is by David Robert COLEMAN. The dance is by Sasha WALTZ and guests, and the vocal ensemble is provided by the chorus of the New National Theatre Tokyo.
Read more about the Special Talk: "Matsukaze in Noh and Opera" from here.
Conductor David Robert COLEMAN
Production and Choreographer Sasha WALTZ 1
Set Design Pia MAIER SCHRIEVER 2 SHIOTA Chiharu 3
Costume Design Christine BIRKLE
Lighting Design Martin HAUK
Dramaturgy Ilka SEIFERT
Matsukaze Ilse EERENS 4
Murasame Charlotte HELLEKANT 5
Der Mönch Grigory SHKARUPA 6
Der Fischer HAGIWARA Jun 7
Vocal Ensemble New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Dance Sasha Waltz & Guests
Saturday, 7th October 2017, 10:00 am (GMT+8:00)
The New National Theatre, Tokyo Box Office:
10:00 - 18:00
Tickets are sold via the website of PIA Corporation.
Under 15s discounts and Z Seats (Day Tickets) are available online. Other types of discount tickets are not available online. Please inquire at the Box Office or by telephone. (+81-(0)3-5352-9999 10:00 - 18:00)
Booking Z seats (Day Tickets) 1,620 yen
Z seats are available online from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on the day of the performance. One ticket per person.