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2007/2008 season lineup celebrating the 10th anniversary of the New National Theatre, Tokyo announced
 The 2007/2008 season lineup has been announced for the New National Theatre, Tokyo, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2007. Attention is focused on a series of performances for the New National Theatre 10th Anniversary Festival and other special performances including new productions of classic favorites Wagner’s Tannhauser, Weber’s Der Freischutz in the opera department (new artistic director: Hiroshi Wakasugi). From the ballet department (artistic director: Asami Maki) there will a production of Asami Maki’s La Dame aux Camélias composed around the music of Berlioz and a return-home performance of the Raymonda and Mixed Program that received such excellent reviews in the 2006 performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the U.S. From the contemporary dance department there will be two pieces by Saburo Teshigawara and several new projects now in production. From the theater department with its new artistic director Hitoshi Uyama there will be seven new plays presented on the themes of “Re-creating Grand Sagas,” “Rediscovering New Theater,” “Asian Encounters” and “Contemporaries.” There will also be a “Three Tragedies” series including a production of The White House on Argos Hill (tentative title) written by Takeshi Kawamura and directed by Hitoshi Uyama, a Japan-Korea joint production of “Yakiniku Dragon” (tentative title) written by Wi Shing Chong and directed by Jung Ung Yang and Wi Shing Chong and a “Contemporaries” series of three plays of young playwrights and veteran directors at the small theater.
+New National Theatre, Tokyo
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2007/2008 Season Lineup
+Theater
Sep.-Dec., 2007   Play House Three Series
(New National Theater 10th Anniversary Performances)
Three Tragedies from Greece—The Ancient to the Present, Connecting the Contemporary to the Future: The beginning of Story

Sep.-Oct., 2007   Three Tragedies—From Greece Vol. 1
New work The White House on Argos Hill (tentative title)
Playwright by Takeshi Kawamura
Directed by: Hitoshi Uyama

Oct.-Nov., 2007   Three Tragedies—From Greece Vol. 2
New work
Playwright by Wi Shing Chong
Directed by Yumi Suzuki

Nov.-Dec., 2007   Three Tragedies—From Greece Vol. 3
New work
Playwright by Seiki Tsuchida
Directed by Tatsuo Kaneshita

Feb.-Mar., 2008   Okujo Teien and Doin Sowa
Playwright by Kunio Kishida
Directed by Keiko Miyata (Okujo Teien)
Atsushi Fukatsu (Doin Sowa)

Apr., 2008   Japan-Korea production
New work Yakiniku Dragon (tentative title)
Playwright by Wi Shing Chong
Directed by Jung Ung Yang and Wi Shing Chong

May-June, 2008   A Japanese Named Otto
Playwright by Junji Kinoshita
Directed by Hitoshi Uyama

June-July, 2008   Small Theater 3-play series
Series—Contemporaries (tentative name)
Collaboration of young playwrights appearing at the New National Theater for the first time and veteran directors

June, 2008   Series “Contemporaries” Vol. 1
New work by Satoshi Hayafune VS. directed by Yuko Matsumoto

June-July, 2008   Series “Contemporaries” Vol. 2
New work by Shiro Maeda VS. directed by Akira Shirai

July, 2008   Series “Contemporaries” Vol. 3
New work by Ryuta Orai VS. directed by Tamiya Kuriyama
+Contemporary Dance
New National Theatre, Tokyo 10th Anniversary Festival New Works by Teshigawara Saburo
Sep.-Oct., 2007   Dance Planet No.23 [Performance 1]
Dec., 2007   Dance Planet No.24 [Performance 2]

Jan., 2008
Dance Planet No.25   DANCE SELECTION at THE PIT– from the past 10 years and to the future –
Takiko Iwabuchi: Against Newton
Motoko Hirayama & Kenshi Nomi: Chaconne
Kaori Uchida & Yutaka Koga: Espresso
Mako Kawano: Circus

Feb., 2008   Dance Planet No.26   Triple Bill into the future
Kimio Nosaka: VOICES
Motoko Hirayama & Satoshi Nakagawa: Butterfly
Anjelin Preljocaj: Annonciation

Apr., 2008   Dance Planet No.27
New project under the direction of Teshigawara Saburo
*Co-produced by Aubade Hall, Toyama and Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre
+Ballet
Nov., 2007 (5 performances)
New National Theatre, Tokyo 10th Anniversary Festival
New production of Asami Maki’s La Dame aux Camelias

Dec., 2007 (7 performances)   The Nutcracker

Feb., 2008 (3 performances)   Overseas production of Raymonda and Mixed Program

Mar., 2008 (4 performances)   Carmen by Jun Ishii

May, 2008 (5 performances)   La Bayadere

June, 2008 (5 performances)   Swan Lake
+Opera
Oct., 2007 (6 performances)
New National Theatre, Tokyo 10th Anniversary Festival
New production of Wagner’s Tannhauser,

Oct., 2007 (4 performances)   Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro

Nov.-Dec., 2007 (6 performances)   New production of Bizet’s Carmen

Jan., 2008 (4 performances)   Puccini’s La Boheme

Feb., 2008 (4 performances)   R, Strauss’ Salome

Feb., 2008 (3 performances)   New production of Kosaku Yamada’s The Black Ships–Yoake

Mar., 2008 (6 performances)
New National Theatre, Tokyo 10th Anniversary Special Performance
Verdi’s Aida

Apr., 2008 (5 performances)   New production of Weber’s Der Freischutz

May, 2008 (3 performances)   New production of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten

June, 2008 (5 performances)   Verdi’s La Traviata
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