The New National Theatre, Tokyo has recently announced its schedule for the 2013-2014 season. Under artistic director Keiko Miyata, the theater department has scheduled a line-up of eight productions. In the series named “Try Angle – Three Directors’ Viewpoints,” three directors in their 30s present plays in translation, including OPUS
(by Michael Hollinger) directed by Eriko Ogawa, Edward II
(by Christopher Marlowe) directed by Shintaro Mori and Les Séquestrés d’Altona
(written by Jean-Paul Sartre) directed by Satoshi Kamimura. Also, in the 8th production of the “JAPAN MEETS – Unraveling the Lineage of Contemporary Theater” series Miyata directs British playwright George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion
. Other highlights include History of Mizuho in Manila
written by Matsuyo Akimoto and directed by Tamiya Kuriyama; The Tempest
directed by Akira Shirai; Nineteen-year-old Jacob
, a stage adaptation of the novel by Kenji Nakagami with a script by Shu Matsui and directed by Yukichi Matsumoto. Ending the season will be the first performance in Japan of Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still
that premiered in New York in 2009. It will be directed by Miyata (Japanese title: Eien no Isshun
(Moment of Eternity) (tentative)).
With David Bintley serving as artistic director, the dance department will be presenting six ballet productions and four of dance. The ballet program opens with a “Ballet Russes Stravinsky Evening” with performances of The Firebird
(new work) and Les Noces
(new work). There will be a world premiere of new works by the acclaimed American choreographer Jessica Lang, and three works choreographed by David Bintley in Faster (Japan premiere), Carmina Burana
and The Prince of the Pagota
. The dance works include A Women’s House by Shuji Onodera’s Company Derashinera, works by Megumi Nakamura and Yasuyuki Shuto among others.
The opera program in the last season of the artistic directorship of Tadaaki Otaka will present ten productions. Opening the season will be Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto
in a new production directed by Andreas Kriegenburg in the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth. Other new productions include Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Die tote Stadt
directed by The Royal Opera House of Britain director Kasper Holten and two masterpieces of verismo opera, Cavalleria Rusticana
and I Pagliacci
directed by Gilbert Deflo. Also, the opera Wozzeck
that won high acclaim with its premiere in 2009 will be mounted as a joint production with the Bavarian State Opera; and there will be a reappearance of Arabella, which opened the first season of the current director in 2010. The season will close with the Japanese opera Rokumeikan
(based on literature of Yukio Mishima, music by Shinichiro Ikebe).
For details see the website below.