“Opening Night of ‘Eternity'” by Mitsuru Ishizuka
Nov. 20 Opening Night of “Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Eternity”
It took about a year to create our latest production, “Eternity,” and we celebrated its premiere on Sado Island.
Katarai (Composed by Tsuyoshi Maeda, arranged by Tamasaburo Bando)
Sunrise, light, wind, waves, the presence of flora and fauna, rain, clouds, the dark of night, stars, the moon, and then it’s morning again…
The perpetual working of nature. Every single phenomenon in this world continues on and on in endless spirals. Amidst those workings, people are allowed to exist, to live. Every piece in this programme depicts scenes incorporating these elements, all newly composed especially for this production.
When I first heard the title “Eternity,” I was surprised that we had been given such an enormous theme to work with, but as we delved into it with our artistic director, Tamasaburo Bando, we arrived at the realization that what we most wanted to portray was “human beings.” It really felt right, and we could all start creating pieces for it without any great strain.
Michiru (Composed & choreographed by Mitsuru Ishizuka)
By using all new pieces to create a completely new stage production, we have taken a big step away from our artistic director’s productions to date. So for us, the performers, it was a year spent wondering how it was going to unfold on stage and not really knowing without an audience to perform before. So, when the opening night finally arrived, the mood backstage was rather different than usual. There was a heavy feeling of tension in the air.
At last, it was time for the curtain to rise. On stage, we could feel the audience’s nervousness and expectation as they wondered what was going to happen. So, what did happen…?!
Well, to find out, please come and experience the performance live for yourself!
Our “Eternity” tour is ready to go!
Photos: Takashi Okamoto
Nov. 20 (Thu) Amusement Sado, Sado Is., Niigata
Nov. 30 (Sun) City Hall Plaza “Aore Nagaoka,” Nagaoka, Niigata
–”Heartbeat Project” Special Version–
Dec. 2 (Tue) Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Dec. 4 (Thu) Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater Concert Hall, Nagoya, Aichi
Dec. 6 (Sat) & 7 (Sun) NHK Osaka Hall, Osaka City
Dec. 10 (Wed) Okayama Civic Hall, Okayama City
Dec. 12 (Fri) Ueno Gakuen Hall, Hiroshima City
Dec. 15 (Mon) & 16 (Tue) Hakataza Theater, Fukuoka City
Dec. 19 (Fri)–23 (Tue/Public Hol.) Bunkyo Civic Hall, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo
Dec. 25 (Thu) Niigata Prefectural Civic Center, Niigata City