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Feb. 10, 2016
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New National Theatre, Tokyo, has announced 2016/2017 season lineup
The Drama department programming will feature the Japan premiere of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker’s The Flick directed by Nozomi Makino. It will be followed by productions of Shakespeare’s Henry IV parts 1 and 2 directed by Hitoshi Uyama. Also, in the “Kasanaru Shiten – Nihon Gikyoku no Chikara” (Layered Viewpoints – The strength of Japanese drama) program in which three young directors in their 30s take on Japanese plays that appeared in the period between 1955 and ’65, beginning with Yukio Mishima’s first full-length play, The Nest of White Ants directed by Kenichi Tani and followed by Kobo Abe’s The Fortress directed by Satoshi Kamimura and Chikao Tanaka’s Maria no Kubi (Head of Mary) directed by Eriko Ogawa. Also, in the “Japan Meets … – Gendaigeki no Keifu wo Himotoku (Unraveling the genealogy of contemporary theater)” series of new translations of foreign plays that influenced modern Japanese theater, there will be performances of William Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life (translated by Chizuru Urabe) and John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger (translated by Hachiya Mizutani).
In the dance department there are six ballet works and four dance works on the lineup. The Ballet productions will include first of all Romeo and Juliet, to be followed by Cinderella choreographed by Frederick Aston, and in February’s Valentine season there will be a “Valentine Ballet” program of old and new ballet works. There will also be a production of Coppélia choreographed by Roland Petit. As for the Dance productions, the “JAPON dance project” creating new works by internationally active Japanese dance artists in collaboration with the New National Theater’s ballet company, Yasutake Shimaji and Daisuke Omiya will participate. Also in collaboration with the New National Theater’s ballet company, Megumi Nakamura will present her new work Beethoven Sonata.
From the Opera department, the New National Theatre loos toward its 20th anniversary in 2017 with a continuation of the program to present the four works of Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung, following up on last year’s presentation of The Rhinegold with this year’s new productions of The Valkyrie and Siegfried. Also, on the program is the masterpiece of Gaetano Donizetti’s Belcanto operas, Lucia, directed by Jean-Louis Grinda, director of the l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo. The opera program will also include six repeat performances aimed at appealing to a broad audience, including productions of La Bohème, Madame Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, among others.
+New National Theatre, Tokyo