NNTT Stream - Super Angels (August 2021)
Music by SHIBUYA Keiichiro
Opera in 1 Act
Sung in Japanese with English and Japanese surtitles
Performed on 22 August, 2021
Duration: 1 hour and 45 mins
Until 31 Jan, 2022 14:00pm JST
The stream went offline on 31 January. Thank you very much for watching!
FY 2021 Japan Cultural Expo Project
Presented and Co-presented by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, and Japan Arts Council
Scene 1 The School
Akira and Golem 3 are reminiscing about the time they met. Akira asks “why did you help us?”, to which Golem 3 responds “because it seemed like you would evolve more than I”.
Scene change to a graduation ceremony. The chorus hears “the Five Angels”. The graduates are sorted into “Leader”, “Guardian”, “Scholar”, “Worker” and “Anomaly”. They are injected with a nanochip and are placed under the control of the Mother. Akira is declared a “Anomaly” and is assigned to the settlement. He bids farewell to Erika, who is selected to become a scholar. They exchange a clay figurine and a bamboo flute and promise to meet again. Humanoid AI Golem 3, the educator of the “Anomaly”, leads them to the settlement.
Scene 2 The Settlement
Akira, who is in charge of the maintenance of Golem 3, lives with it in the same warehouse. Akira yearns for Erika and he vents his misery on the clouds and stones. Golem 3 can sense Akira’s hopeless longing. Human beings have two minds; consciousness and unconsciousness. Complex emotions such as desire, prayers, love and compassion are concealed in the second mind. If the second mind could be converted into algorithm, all dreams would become reality. Golem 3 attempts to create a “third mind” named “Chaos Machine” through its interaction with Akira.
Scene 3 Quantum Cadenza
Golem 3’s stream of consciousness and the transformation of the Mother are represented by the ballet, chorus and video images. Akira escapes the control of the Mother thanks to his interaction with Golem 3. The Mother uses Erika’s image in an attempt to bring Akira into submission. Akira screams “I don’t need evolution. I don’t care if I perish”. He removes the chip planted in his temple and throws himself into the pond.
Scene 4 The Settlement
The Mother, assuming that Golem 3 has gone mad and is instigating the “Anomaly” to rebel, orders to destroy Golem 3 and the “Chaos Machine” and to bring the Settlement under control. George from the Department of National Security and AI doctor Erika are sent to execute the mission. The Settlement is surrounded by soldiers. During the interrogation of the “Anomaly”, Erika learns from Luisi how to communicate with Akira and falls asleep.
Scene 5 The Forest
Erika suddenly realizes she is in a forest. Akira appears as a young boy and tells Erika that he is no longer part of this world. Akira asks Erika to protect the Settlement with Golem 3. Akira leads her to the door that will take her back to the real world and she opens the door.
Scene 6 Creater of Nowhere
Erika attempts to stop George, who is hurriedly destroying Golem 3 and the “Chaos Machine” by saying “please don’t destroy the world that they created”. She tries to protect Golem 3 but…..
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
General Producer / Conductor: ONO Kazushi
Libretto: SHIMADA Masahiko
Music: SHIBUYA Keiichiro
Supervisor of Stage Direction: OGAWA Eriko
Creative Art Direction
(Set, Costume, Lighting Design and Video Direction): HARIU Shizuka
Choreographer: KAIKAWA Tetsuo
Choreographic Advisor: OHARA Noriko
Associate Stage Director: SAWADA Yasuko
Alter3 Programming: IMAI Shintaro
A collaborative project of Opera, Ballet & Dance and Drama divisions of the NNTT
Artistic Directors of New National Theatre, Tokyo
Opera: ONO Kazushi
Ballet & Dance: YOSHIDA Miyako
Drama: OGAWA Eriko
Golem3: Alter3 (Supported by mixi, Inc.)
Akira: FUJIKI Daichi
Erika: MIYAKE Rie
George: NARITA Hiroyuki
Luisi: KOIZUMI Eiko
- CREATIVE TEAM
General Producer / Conductor
SHIBUYA KeiichiroSupervisor of Stage Direction
OGAWA ErikoCreative Art Director
Set, Costume, Lighting Design and Video DirectionVideo
KAIKAWA TetsuoAlter 3 Programming
Alter3(Supported by mixi, Inc.)Akira
Setagaya Junior Chorus
The White Hands Chorus NIPPON