Tokaido Road – A Journey after Hiroshige
25 February 2015, London
Nicola LeFanu’s acclaimed piece of music theatre, composed for Okeanos’s unique blend of Japanese and western instruments recieves its London Premiere at the intimate Milton Court Theatre, part of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Through art, poetry, mime and music, Tokaido Road tells the story of Hiroshige the artist and his travels on Japan’s ancient Eastern road from Edo to Kyoto. Through the projections of Hiroshige’s iconic woodblock prints, we see the artist savouring his adventures – amorous, humorous, tragic – as his paintings bring to life everyone he meets.
‘…Tokaido Road is an existential journey in speech, song, mime and dance…LeFanu’s sensitive use of the combined western and Japanese sound palette of the Okeanos Ensemble… is meticulously thought through, with spare instrumental lines exquisitely woven with the voices. Every word is audible, every movement is eloquent and Kimie Nakano’s design remains long in the mind’s eye.’
Tickets: 10 (£5 concessions) plus booking fee*