Nicola LeFanu Music
Nancy Gaffield Libretto
Caroline Clegg Director
Kimie Nakano Designer
Dominic Wheeler Conductor
Jeremy Huw Williams Hiroshige
Caryl Hughes Mariko
Raphaela Papadakis Kikuyo
Traditional Japanese Music 30’
Nicola LeFanu Tokaido Road (premiere) 50’
Okeanos is an ensemble which mixes traditional Japanese instruments, such as koto, sho and shamisen, with western ones. They open this event with a taste of traditional Japanese music, before composer Nicola LeFanu and librettist Nancy Gaffield discuss how this distinctive soundworld influenced the creation of this new multimedia opera, Tokaido Road.
Taking its name from the series of vivid woodblock prints by Japanese artist Hiroshige, the opera brings Hiro – the figure present in every picture – to life. Journeying from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto against a backdrop of old and new images, Hiro tells of his encounters – humorous, amorous, tragic – through mime, dance, speech and song.
Step into the picture – I’ll show you the way
Find out more about Tokaido Road here
The development of Tokaido Road has been supported by:
The John S Cohen Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, The Leche Trust, The Radcliffe Trust, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
Parabola Arts Centre is located in a Grade II listed building in the glamorous Montpellier district of Cheltenham. The centre was built as a facility for students of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and to be used as a public arts centre by the local community.
The original, listed Bayshill House was transformed into a gallery, bar and foyer area. The villa also houses all the rehearsal spaces, offices, video editing suite, dance studio and library. This means that the regular activity of the building takes place in the light, beautifully restored listed building.
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