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Apr. 25, 2017
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The New National Theatre, Tokyo Announces 2017/2018 Season Schedule
In 2018, the New National Theatre, Tokyo celebrates the 20th anniversary of its opening and it will mark the last season for artistic directors Tajiro Iimori of the opera department and Keiko Miyata of the drama department and it is the third year for Noriko Ohara of the ballet department.
Announced for the drama program were eight works assembled under the theme of “Depictions of the World.” The opening work of the 2017-2018 season with be Jean Giraudoux’s The Trojan War Will Not Take Place based in a new translation by Shoichiro Iwakiri and directed by Tamiya Kuriyama. Appearing on the schedule as Japan premieres will be Marjorie Prime by American writer Jordan Harrison depicting America around the year 2060 (directed by Keiko Miyata); a adaptation for the stage of George Orwell’s science fiction novel 1984 written by British playwrights Robert Ike and Duncan MacMillan (directed by Eriko Ogawa); and Macbeth on the Equator directed by Chong Wishing. Also on the schedule are a production of Shakespeare’s Henry V (directed by Hitoshi Uyama) and a restaging of Keishi Nagatsuka’s Kagami no Kanata wa Tanaka no Nakani, and Keiko Miyata will also direct a new work by Ryuta Horai.
On the dance program will be six ballets and four dance works. The season opener will be new production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with Wayne Eagling as choreographer. December will bring a production of Cinderella, and in January, celebrating the Theatre’s 20th anniversary will be a production of New Year Ballet, to be followed by Tales of Hoffmann. Dance works will include a “Butoh Today” program featuring works by Sankai Juku and Dairakudakan, and other dance works will be Shiro Takatani’s newest work ST/ll and a restaging of Kaiji Moriyama’s Circus.
As for the opera program, ten works will be presented in the 2017/2018 season. It opens with Götterdämmerung, which concludes Richard Wagner's opera tetralogy, “Der Ring des Nibelungen” that the New National Theatre has performed the first three of over the past three seasons. This is followed by Japan premiere performances of Matsukaze with music by Toshio Hosokawa and directed by choreographer Sasha Waltz; new production of Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio. For this 20th anniversary performance of Fidelio, the orchestra will be conducted by Tajiro Iimori and directed by Katarina WAGNER, great-granddaughter of Richard WAGNER, who has attracted much attention as current Director of the Bayreuth Festival.
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