(The Flesh). Four rituals using the opera Ayamé by Kosaku Yamada
Premiere on February 23 with additional performances through April, 7, 2019
In 1931, the Japanese composer Kóscak (Kosaku) Yamada, who studied in Berlin beginning in 1910, wrote the one-act opera Ayamé for Paris. Featuring the subtitle Opéra choréographique, this work, which oscillates between Debussy, Richard Strauss and Japanese sounds, is anything but ballet and deals with the intimate drama of the girl Ayamé who is forced to work as a prostitute to pay off the debts of her dead father. All efforts of her bridegroom to free her from the bordello fail and the young couple is left with only one other way out, a traditional Japanese one.
At the beginning, Ayamé is sent the Tokaido road, the important trade route. What does this route look like today? To what extent can we determine the value of our bodies ourselves, which itself is ascribed by the markets in one way or another? Ayamé thus becomes a ritual for investigating the body, its limits and rights. Similar to Butoh dance, this work emerged as a piece of “anti-dance” in contrast with the US musical in post-war Japan.
“…we need this basic idea in order to work against the sanctimonious ratio of the modern era and its targeting of the grotesque, the secretive, the incomprehensible and the absurd”, says Vincent Stefan, who has worked internationally as a musician, video designer, director, composer, dramaturg, performer and photographer for many years. Markus Syperek, a musician, composer and the arranger for numerous opera houses and festivals, has written the musical version for our project.
Musikalische Direction and Arrangement: Markus Syperek | Concept: Vincent Stefan | Stage Direction: Fabian Gerhardt | Stage Design: Sabrina Rossetto| Costume Design: Rebekka Dornhege Reyes | Videos: Florian Japp | Vincent Stefan | Dramaturgy: Bernhard Glocksin | Keyboards: Markus Syperek | Violoncello: Lorraine Buzea | Saxophones: Ruth Velten/Silke Eberhard
Featuring: Yuri Mizobuchi, Daniel Arnaldos, Remo Tobiaz