Featuring the Latvian Radio Choir
Denmark | Latvia | Japan
Australian Premiere | Exclusive to Adelaide
Take a bold leap into 21st Century opera with this innovative production inspired by Japanese expressions of poetry, pop, precision and brutality.
War Sum Up tells of war through three archetypal characters drawn from classic Noh Theatre texts: The Soldier is sent home from war suffering from PTSD. The Warrior is killed in battle, which prevents a natural transition to the world on the other side. The Spy is captured in war and must relearn her skills in martial arts in order to be freed. Each of these three stories are framed by the woman in yellow, she is the Game Master who begins the war.
This visually sumptuous production combines several musical expressions and styles. Newly composed classical music is infused with a mix of chamber pop and electronica which immerse the audience in a powerful, extraordinary soundscape – the ultimate audio-visual requiem on destruction and loss.
Directed by Kirsten Dehlholm from award-winning company Hotel Pro Forma, and in collaboration with UK art-pop ensemble The Irrepressibles and French electronic artist Gilbert Nouno, War Sum Up is performed on stage by the Latvian Radio Choir.
This electronic opera spectacular can be summed up in three words: 'Music. Manga. Machines.'
Sung in Japanese with English surtitles
Painfully beautiful. Politiken (Denmark)
Image Credit: Hotel Pro Forma