25 October, 2011

26th Oct, DaMu's first appearance in Amsterdam

I will perform in this event tomorrow! See you there.

Tabula Rasa: Improvised Music @ Maarten Luther Kerk

Wednesday, October 26, 2011    20:00 
Free Entrance, Donations Welcomed

This month we have two multidisciplinary groups merging visual art, dance and music!
DaMu consists of James Hewitt (violin), Camille Verhaak (clarinet),
Lovorka Holjevac (voice), aisté butaité (dance) Tomohisa Hashimoto(dance)

DaMu (stands for Dance and Music Free Improvisation)
The activities of this group are derived from the two-weeks intensive workshop with Michael Schumacher and Mary Oliver. Awareness, memory,
sensitive perception...Smell, See, Touch, Listen, Taste. They read and play with all the information in space, analyze the surroundings as a
score, and react to it with their sound and movement.

DAGORAartist helena sanders from the us living in amsterdam will make an ineractive instalation for performance group dagora.
dagora is: peter quistgard,stephan,roro. and whoever joins.
for this show it will be ti femme, and other guests tba.

Maarten Luther Kerk
Dintelstraat 134
Amsterdam Zuid
Tram 4 en bus 15, stop Maasstraat
map: http://g.co/maps/ckv9a

21 October, 2011

Synopsis of The Butterfly Dream

opera The Butterfly Dream / Tomohisa Hashimoto 
オペラ『胡蝶の夢』Japanese title : Kocho-no Yume

Monday 31 October 2011 19:30 start.
Kees van Baarenzaal, Koninklijk Conservatorium
Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, Den Haag
TEL +31(0)70 315 15 15 www.koncon.nl

For those who wants to read the synopsis before you see the performance,
here is the Introduction with my marvelous-handwritten character diagram. :-)

The opera "The Butterfly Dream" is an adaptation from the original Noh story, "Tsuchigumo (ground spider)". However, the setting has been altered significantly by the way of treating Tsuchigumo as a real ethnic group that is under discrimination. It has become a story of morals by eliminating a monster, to a lyrical tragedy caused by an ethnic conflict. In the original story Kocho (means butterfly in Japanese) plays a minor part, but in the revised opera she plays the leading role, wavered in the struggle between Tsuchigumo and Minamoto clan. 

The cast plays the "Past" (1000 A.D.= mid Heian Era in Japan) on stage, and the "Present" is showed by video projection. So the story evolves in two different times.

The action takes place both in Heian period and modern time in Japan.

in Heian period (Stage)
KOCHÔ: The daughter of Tsuchigumo clan chief, Fusa. 16 years old.
FUSA: The mother of Kochô. The female chief of Tsuchigumo clan.
ATARU: The father of Gen, disappeared just before Gen's birth. No contact since then.
Tsuchigumo: People defy the royal dynasty and live in the mountains.
Nigma: Regarded as the radical group of the Tsuchigumo clan.
TERE, TSUKU, TEN: Officers, members of the Tsuchigumo assembly.

RAIKÔ: The chief of Minamoto clan. He is ill in bed.
GEN: A loyal warrior of Raikô, orphaned when he was very young.
Genji: The Minamoto clan was also called the Genji Clan.

in Modern Time (Video)
NAKANO: A historian and writer. He is writing his new novel, “Butterfly Dream.”
DRIVER: A taxi driver gives Nakano a one-day ride to and from Mt.Kazuragi

The story evolves as a play-within-play. It is based on the text from “Butterfly Dream” by historian and story-writer Nakano. The story is set in 1000 A.D. (mid Heian Era) in Japan. There are a group of people who live in the mountainous region of Tsuchigumo. A radical Tsuchigumo group, Nigma is on the rise. Fusa, the female chief of Tsuchigumo has been contacting Raikô, the chief of the Genji clan, to ask him to intervene in the dispute with Nigma. One day, a murder occurs, in which a messenger sent by Raikô to Fusa is killed by a boy from Nigma. This becomes the catalyst for Genji to invade Tsuchigumo.
Kochô, the daughter of Fusa, has been in charge of bringing the medicine to Raikô, who is under treatment. Although Raikô cannot live without taking his medicine, a warrior, Gen, tells Kocho to keep away from Rikô's residence and turns her away.
A punitive force is formed to subdue Tsuchigumo. Gen also travels off towards Mt. Kazuragi as a member. The night before the attack, Gen dreams of his father Ataru who mysteriously disappeared 15 years ago. Eventually, the Genji fighters crowd around the Tsuchigumo settlement and set it on fire.

18 October, 2011

オペラのあらすじ紹介 - Kocho no Yume

opera The Butterfly Dream / Tomohisa Hashimoto
 橋本知久 新作オペラ『胡蝶の夢』







2011年10月31日19:30開演 入場無料
Kees van Baarenzaal, Koninklijk Conservatorium
Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, Den Haag
TEL +31(0)70 315 15 15 www.koncon.nl

17 October, 2011

The Butterfly Dream - a new opera

My theater piece will be premiered on Monday 31 October 2011 19:30 start.
The entrance is free. Hope to see you there!

The Butterfly Dream - a new opera by Tomohisa Hashimoto

Tomohisa Hashimoto - director/text/Music
Youki Hirakawa - video director
Adriaan Reinink & Joost Marchal - lighting/stage/costume design
Leo Kirjonen & Aistė Butaitė - choreographer
Hanako Matsunaga - mask

[singers]Lovorka Holjevac / Georgi Sztojanov /
Lydia Hornung /Inu Joan Goossens / Itzel Trejo Medecigo
[narrators]Chad Langford / Graham Flett / Andrew Fundingsland
[dancers]Aistė Butaitė/ Leo Kirjonen
[musicians]Ieva Langaite /Enric Sans I Morera /Akos Kertesz /Robert Manthey

1000 years ago in Japan, people who lived in Mt.Kazuragi
were called Tsuchigumo.
Based on the Noh play, Tsuchigumo (which also means: ground spider)

Venue: Kees van Baarenzaal, Koninklijk Conservatorium
Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, Den Haag
TEL +31(0)70 315 15 15 www.koncon.nl

Supported by Koninklijk Conservatorium, Boskantkerk
Graphic by Masaaki Oyamada