Concluding a day with a Japanese strand, Tokaido Road is a multi-media chamber opera that takes its name from the famous woodblock print series by the Japanese artist, Hiroshige, depicting the journey he took in 1832 on the great Eastern sea-coast road from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto. A composite of music, poetry, mime, dance and visual imagery, Tokaido Road shows how powerfully Hiroshige's art can still resonate today. As the characters in the prints come to life, Hiro, the young artist, becomes enmeshed in an unfolding drama. Reflecting in old age, he recalls not only the beautiful landscapes that he painted, but the people he met.
The evening begins with a 30-minute instrumental introduction by the Okeanos ensemble, demonstrating its fascinating and unusual mix of Western and Japanese instruments (oboe, clarinet, viola, cello, koto and sho). The whole evening promises to be an enthralling experience of cultures and centuries merging.
Financial support comes from a variety of sources. We are incredibly grateful to and proud to be associated with the following Trusts and Foundations who have awarded grants to Tokaido Road:
- Arts Council England
- The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
- Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
- RVW Trust
- Britten-Pears Foundation
- The Radcliffe Trust
- The Leche Trust
- John S Cohen Foundation
- The ACE Foundation
- Okeanos are immensely grateful to JTI for corporate support towards essential development and rehearsal costs.