BALLET & DANCE
Tales of Hoffmann
Fri, 23 February 2024, 13:00
Sat, 24 February 2024, 13:00
Sat, 24 February 2024, 18:00
Sun, 25 February 2024, 13:00
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23 Feb - 25 Feb, 2024 ( 4 Performances )
Running time is approx. 2 hours 40mins including intervals
Booking Opens: Sat, 16 Dec 2023, 10:00am
Renowned British choreographer Peter Darrell's masterpiece Tales of Hoffmann was staged as a new production in 2015. This piece portrays an intense human drama through the love affairs of the protagonist Hoffmann, demanding great expressiveness and artistry on the part of the dancers. The love motifs are truly diverse and alluring, woven throughout the performance by the various characters, from the protagonist Hoffmann, shown from adolescence through to his latter years, the three seductive women who steal Hoffmann's heart, and the devil, who appears in different forms. Expect a fantasy of a story, romantic and luxurious yet with a touch of the forlorn, complemented by beautifully flowing and variegated music by Jacques Offenbach.
< Prologue >
Middle-aged poet Hoffman waits for his lover, the prima donna La Stella, at a tavern outside the Opera House. La Stella appears with a letter intended as a message for Hoffman, but Councillor Lindorf (actually a devil ) intercepts it. Upon requests from his friends, Hoffmann begins to speak of his past loves.
< Act1-Olympia (The First Tale) >
After Hoffman puts on a pair of magical glasses from Spalanzani (actually a devil), he believes that a mechanical doll is actually a beautiful girl named Olympia. He falls in love with her and proposes marriage. Hoffmann dances with Olympia, but the mechanical doll eventually falls apart in his hands.
< Act2-Antonia (The Second Tale) >
Ten years later. The daughter of a piano teacher, Antonia has a weak heart but always dances to her lover Hoffman’s piano music anyway, so her worried father sends Hoffman away and calls for a doctor. Doctor Miracle (actually a devil) uses hypnosis to convince Antonia that she is a ballerina. He forces Hoffman to continue playing the piano, and so Antonia continues dancing. Antonia finally dies in Hoffmann’s arms.
< Act 3-Giulietta (The Third Tale) >
Having devoted himself to religion in his advancing age, Hoffmann visits the salon of Dapertutto (actually a devil). There, the courtesan Giulietta seduces him. His cross stolen and his reflection lost, Hoffman asks God for forgiveness. His reflection returns and Dapertutto and Giulietta both vanish.
< Epilogue >
Having finished his tale, Hoffmann falls asleep drunk. His lover La Stella appears, but she finds Hoffman passed out from drinking along with the crumpled and discarded letter. Disappointed by Hoffman, she leaves with Lindorf. Once awake, Hoffman recognises what has happened and is left standing alone.
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Choreography and Scenario by: Peter DARRELL
Music by: Jacques OFFENBACH
Music arranged and Orchestrated by: John LANCHBERY
Set Designer: KAWAGUCHI Naoji
Costume Designer: MAEDA Ayako
Lighting Designer: SAWADA Yuji
Conductor: Paul MURPHY
Orchestra: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
- CREATIVE TEAM
Choreography and Scenario by
Peter DARRELLMusic arranged and Orchestrated by
John LANCHBERYSet Designer
KAWAGUCHI NaojiCostume Designer
MAEDA AyakoLighting Designer
Booking Opens: Sat, 16 Dec 2023, 10:00am
Booking Z seats (Day tickets) 1,650 yen
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