As a project of the Drama department’s new system for experimentation and pioneering new projects, a production of
will be staged with a cast all chosen through auditions. Also, as the first production of the new long-term Kotsukotsu Project to create new works, a drama reading (performed by Yu Osawa, Satoshi Nishi and Eiji Nishizawa) will be held.
On the Dance program, the ballet lineup of six productions will begin with a new production of Alice in Wonderland
created in collaboration with the Australia Ballet company, A production of The Nutcracker
with choreography by Wayne Eagling, and a New Year Ballet program with three old and new productions. Also on the program are a production of La Bayadère
directed by Asami Maki with revised choreography, a production of Cinderella
with choreography by Frederick Ashton, and a production of Aladdin
with choreography by David Bintley. For the New Year Ballet program, Megumi Nakamura will choreograph a production of Phoenix
, and she will also serve as advisor for the DANCE to the Future 2019 program. Three more works on the dance program will include a new work based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream
, a series project with re-productions of works by pioneers of uniquely Japanese creative dance and a dance performance by Kaiji Moriyama to be enjoyed with children.
For the Opera program, the new artistic director Kazushi Ohno has drawn up a program that emphasizes strengthening the repertoire, beginning a series of works composed by Japanese composers, double bills and new works of Baroque Opera, using popular directors and singers and collaborations with other theaters. Based on these principles, the new season’s program will present four new works. They include a production of The Magic Flute
directed by the South African contemporary artist William Kentridge employing video projections; and the world premiere of Shion Monogatari
(The Tale of Shion) with music composed by Akira Nishimura and directed by Yoshi Oida with Kazushi Ohno conducting as the first of the series of works by Japanese composers. There will also be a highly anticipated new production of Puccini’s Turandot
directed by the artistic director of the Spanish theater-making group La Fura dels Baus, Allex Ollé.