[CANCELLED] Educational Programme for High School Students "Yuzuru" (The Twilight Heron)
Thu, 9 July 2020, 13:00
Fri, 10 July 2020, 13:00
Sat, 11 July 2020, 13:00
Mon, 13 July 2020, 13:00
Tue, 14 July 2020, 13:00
Wed, 15 July 2020, 13:00
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*As of the 8th of May, we have cancelled all performances of "Yuzuru (The Twilight Heron)".
>Announcement of Cancellation
Presented by New National Theatre, Tokyo
Corporate Sponsorship by
Educational Programme for High School Student is sponsored by the generous gift from Ms. TSUNEMATSU Midoriko.
Music by DAN Ikuma
Opera in 1 Act
Sung in Japanese with English and Japanese surtitles
9 Jul - 15 Jul, 2020 ( 6 Performances )
Running time is approx. 2 hours 15 mins including an interval
The Educational Programme for High School Students started in 1998 and held every year, especially to give young people the opportunity to experience world-class opera productions. Performances are presented as a full-length opera with live orchestral music just as same as all the other performances at the New National Theatre Tokyo.
The programme for 2020 is one of the most outstanding Japanese operas "Yuzuru".
Its story is based on very popular folklore and its immortal music was composed by DAN Ikuma.
This opera has been performed over 800 times within and outside Japan.
High school students will appreciate this opera with its beautiful melodies that ride the rhythms of the Japanese language.
In a snowbound village lives the plain and honest youth, Yohyo, together with the beautiful Tsu, in a small house in domestic bliss. One day, Unzu and Sodo are talking about Tsu. The cloth she weaves is known as "Thousand Crane Feathers" weave, which she sells in the town for the high price of ten ryo; however, in a plan to make quick money, the two say they could get a thousand ryo for it if they sold it in the city. But wondering where on earth she gets crane feathers from, they peek into her weaving workshop. They see what could well be crane feathers scattered on the floor, and begin to wonder if they are from Tsu transforming herself into a crane. Upon asking some questions of Yohyo, they find out that he once rescued a crane. Knowing this, they put it to Yohyo that he gets Tsu to weave cloth, which could then be sold for good money in the city. For the first time, Yohyo becomes aware of how Tsu gets thinner as she weaves and, succumbing to the temptation of riches, orders Tsu to get spinning. Tsu laments that recently Yohyo has changed and now talks of nothing but making money. She thinks about how if she keeps weaving she will have no body left but, considering Yohyo's excitement about going into the city, she resolves to weave. So, making Yohyo promise, as always, that he will not under any circumstances look into the workshop, she starts weaving. But Unzu and Sodo peep into the room and, scared witless at what they see, report it to Yohyo. Hearing this, Yohyo can't help himself, and peeks in at the room for himself. Upon which, he spies only a crane, with Tsu nowhere to be seen. He therefore sets out to find her.
Look as he might, Yohyo cannot find Tsu, and he finally collapses. Upon which, Tsu appears, bringing cloth, to Yohyo's delight. Tsu has woven two sheets of cloth. She tearfully tells him how, having been seen while weaving, she must return to the sky. She gives one sheet to Yohyo, telling him to treasure it, and disappears. A crane is seen flying away high in the sky.
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Conductor: MITSUHASHI Keiko
Production: KURIYAMA Tamiya
Set Design: HORIO Yukio
Costume Design: UEDA Itsuko
Lighting Design: KATSUSHIBA Jiro
Tsu: ISHIBASHI Emi (July 9,11,14) / MAHARA Hiroko (July 10,13,15)
Yohyo: SUZUKI Jun (July 9,11,14) / ITOGA Shuhei (July 10,13,15)
Unzu: HAGIWARA Jun (July 9,11,14) / YOSHIKAWA Kenichi (July 10,13,15)
Sodo: KUBO Kazunori (July 9,11,14) / MINE Shigeki (July 10,13,15)
Children Chorus: Tama Family Singers
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
¥2,200 (High School Students)
Box Office: +81-(0)3-5352-9999
10:00 - 18:00
Booking Opens: Fri, 19 Jun 2020, 10:00am
Tickets are not available online.
Please inquire at the Box Office or by telephone.
Under Age of 18 (Below High School Student Age): ￥2,200
*Subject to availability. Only sold on the day of the performance. Limited to one ticket per person.
*Tickets prices are tax excluded.
- No admittance to pre-school children. Each child older than this age requires a ticket for entry, even when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Tickets may not be changed or refunded except in the case of a cancelled performance.
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