Friday 25th August-Sunday 27th August, with the invaluable support of Naoya Yamashita and Takeshi Yoshida at Otomachi Arts Collective, I ran 3 days of R&D, including a test performance of 'THE鍵KEY' : a new site-specific, dramatic musical work (currently in progress) I am composing and directing.
It was such an incredibly exciting experience (and an honour!) to work with 12 inspirational and fantastic performers from diverse fields, to have the privilege to work once more with Alex Rutter (director of Whole Hog Theatre, working as choreographer on this project) and to have access to Tokyo University of the Arts (Senju Campus) and the beautiful venue, Nakacho House.
I have learnt far more than I can currently process from this R&D: Many things worked really well, some not at all, I came to realise my strengths and weaknesses, the amount of ideas coming from everyone involved and from the audience's feedback was dizzying and exciting-there seems to be around 100 different ways this project could progress and develop!
And that is what will happen next: progression and development. Ready for Tokyo performances in May 2018, aiming for UK performances soon after...Watch this space!
The amazing performers:
The Husband trio: Takashi Matsudaira (Baritone) Jin Rei (shakuhachi) Yukiko Siina (double bass)
The Wife trio: Akane Kudo (soprano) Atsumi Kojima (sho) Yuri Kubota (cello)
The Daughter trio: Yu Igarashi (mezzo-soprano/actress) Mikako Ogawa (kotsutsumi and shimedaiko: Japanese percussion) Kyouju Hiyakawa (violin)
Kimura, The Lover trio: Rikki Metsugi (dancer) Kumiko Shuto (Biwa) Hiroko Miyake (clarinet)