Music. Manga. Machines.
A Manga Opera on the Nature of War
12 singers and a striking light design that give a powerful visual impression of the nature of war.
Follow the Warrior, the Spy and the Soldier through their transformation into a world of light and dark, battle and death. From man to machine, to statue, ghost and fantasy heroine. Three stories in XL of glorification and abomination.
Vocals: Latvian Radio Choir
Gamemaster: Ieva Ezerite
Soldier: Aigars Reinis
Warrior: Gundars Dzilums
Spy: Ilze Berzina
Conductor: Kaspars Putnins / Sigvards Klava
Director: Kirsten Dehlholm
Concept: Willie Flindt, Kirsten Dehlholm
Music: The Irrepressibles, Santa Ratniece with Gilbert Nouno
Musical direction: Kaspars Putnins
Libretto: Texts from classic Noh theatre edited by Willie Flindt
Costumes Henrik Vibskov
Light design: Jesper Kongshaug
Set design: Kirsten Dehlholm, Willie Flindt, Jesper Kongshaug
Manga drawings: Hikaru Hayashi
b/w photos: Zoriah Miller, Dallas Sells, Timothy Fadek, Kirtan Patel, Mário Porral, Richard Bunce
Video design: Sine Kristiansen
Props and set design assistant: Maria Legaard Kjeldsen
Architects: Nicole Vitner, Runa Johannesen
Director’s assistant: Jon R. Skulberg
Production: Hotel Pro Forma, Latvian National Opera
Associate producer: Sarah Ford / Quaternaire
Tour manager: Aicha Boutella / Quaternaire
Producer, Latvian National Opera: Dace Bula
Managing director, Latvian Radio Choir: Egils Stals
Manager, Hotel Pro Forma: Bradley Allen
Film: Søren Balle
War Sum Up is co-produced by the Latvian Radio Choir, Latvian National Opera, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Concert Hall Aarhus, Royal Danish Theatre, Odense Theatre and Hotel Pro Forma.