Music for puppets in Japanese mountains

img_1131 In what may be the most unlikely artistic collaboration of this year, the Genetic Choir will create new music for the piece “Born on this Planet” by Bunraku company Mokugu-sha on 22nd and 25th of September in Tokushima, Japan.

After giving vocal workshops and concerts coming weekend in Hiroshima (see here), the Genetic Choir Ensemble will travel to Tokushima province where they will meet with master puppeteer Kanroku, who is one of the most prominent performers and teachers of this ancient puppeteer tradition.

For a new play that he created in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster (“Born on this planet”), he asked the Genetic Choir to create new all-vocal music, which will be premiered on the 22nd and 25th of September in Japan. First in Tokushima city, and the second performance in one of the ancient village puppet theatres (Kitagawa Nouson Butai ), up in the mountains of Tokushima province. img_1132

We can’t tell you how excited we are!  😀

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Japan tour with puppeteers

The Genetic Choir Ensemble is set to travel to Japan in September this year, to first perform on the Creative Music Festival 2016 in Hiroshima, and afterwards join Bunraku company Mokugu-sha on a small tour in Tokushima prefecture. Performances in Japan will be on 18/19 September and 22/25 September 2016.

We are very happy for this opportunity to work interdisciplinary with puppetry, as the special link between inanimate objects and sound will also be a focus on this weekend’s Genetic Choir workshop in Amsterdam: Material Grooves (2/3 april)

The upcoming visit to Japan will help us to investigate further a bigger Japan project that we are brewing on for 2017/2018, envisioned as a multi-disciplinary research between puppeteers, dancers, singers and water-engineers. (!)

Save the dates if you happen to be near Hiroshima or Tokushima in autumn.  🙂