War Sum Up
Part of 2013 Next Wave Festival
Music. Manga. Machines.
Hotel Pro Forma
Vocals by Latvian Radio Choir
Directed by Kirsten Dehlholm
US PREMIERE: Nov 1—Nov 2, 2013
Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: 1hr 20min
SEASON TICKET PRICE: $14—48
FULL PRICE TICKETS: $20—60
For more info please visit BAM
"In this beautiful, audacious merging of Japanese manga imagery, texts from traditional Noh theater, electronic sounds, and new music sung by the Latvian Radio Choir, War Sum Up ponders the essence of war.
Twelve bodies, shadow-dappled and anonymous, stand on a looming stage. They inhabit a scarred two-dimensional world, trapped behind projections of images of combat: an explosion, a suit of armor, a hand turning into a gun. Amid this stylized tableau are lush, dissonant chorales by Latvian composer Santa Ratniece, alternating with crackling soundscapes by British electronic pop group the Irrepressibles, intoning hymns to the warrior, spy, and soldier."
Music by The Irrepressibles, Santa Ratniece with Gilbert Nouno
Concept by Willie Flindt and Kirsten Dehlholm
Musical direction by Kaspars Putnins
Costumes by Henrik Vibskov
Lighting design by Jesper Kongshaug
Libretto from classic Noh theater edited by Willie Flindt
Manga drawings by Hikaru Hayashi