Opera by Toshio Hosokawa
Libretto by Hannah Dübgen
Based on the Nô Play of the same name by Zeami
Choreography by Sasha Waltz

World premiere
3 of May 2011, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels

»Matsukaze« is among the best-loved classics of Japanese Nô Theatre. The sisters Matsukaze and Murasame are each in love with the same man who does not return from a journey. Their longings however remain unrequited in this life. Years after death the sisters’ spirits revisit this world in tireless pursuit of their beloved.
With the world première of »Matsukaze« Sasha Waltz follows up on her opera productions »Medea« and »Dido & Aeneas« which revolve around the fates of two female figures from ancient times. By way of her self-created choreographic opera Sasha Waltz has expanded the realm of Music Theatre, employing theatrical methods derived from Dance to fashion a new mix of dance, song and music.
Outstanding contemporary Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa wrote the music to the reworked libretto of the Nô Theatre classic »Matsukaze«. Musical direction is by renowned conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. Together with soloists Barbara Hannigan and Charlotte Hellekant extraordinary singers unite once more with dancers from Sasha Waltz & Guests and the Vocalconsort Berlin on the opera stage.
Alongside its long-standing partnership with the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg with whom the company previously jointly produced »Dido & Aeneas« and »Medea«, Sasha Waltz & Guests is as well working in conjunction with the Opera La Monnaie in Brussels and the Berliner Staatsoper. For the first time the Polish National Opera will join Sasha Waltz & Guests in a production as a coproducer.

Musical Direction: Pablo Heras-Casado
Direction / Choreography: Sasha Waltz
Stage: Pia Maier Schriever, Chiharu Shiota
Costumes: Christine Birkle
Light: Martin Hauk
Dramaturgy: Ilka Seifert
Matsukaze: Barbara Hannigan (Soprano)
Murasame: Charlotte Hellekant (Mezzosoprano)
Monk: Frode Olsen (Bass)
Fisherman: Kai-Uwe Fahnert (Bariton)
Dance / Choreography: Jirí Bartovanec, Davide Camplani, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Delphine Gaborit, Mamajeang Kim, Florencia Lamarca, Sergiu Matis,Sasa Queliz, Zaratiana Randrianantenaina, Orlando Rodriguez, Mata Sakka, Xuan Shi, Junko Wada, Niannian Zhou
Repetition:Luc Dunberry
Choir: Vocalconsort Berlin
Orchestra: Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels

A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests commissioned by the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in coproduction with Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera and in cooperation with Berliner Staatsoper. The production »Matsukaze« is funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation.
Made in Radialsystem® Sasha Waltz & Guests is funded by the state of Berlin.

A trailer by Stephan Talneau. Kamera Karsten Liske and Hans Rombach.

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