Shizuka Hariu / SHSH Architecture+Scenography

between the Imaginary and the Concrete

Copyright ┬ęShizuka HARIU 2021

Super Angels

New Opera with Children and an Android
Music by SHIBUYA Keiichiro
Sung in Japanese with English and Japanese surtitles

Shizuka is a Creative director for making designs for scenography, costume and lighting as well as the film direction with video artist Weirdcore.

New National Theatre Tokyo Opera Palace
21 Aug - 22 Aug, 2021 ( 2 Performances )

This special programme is for the enjoyment of children and grownups alike. Witness the birth of a new opera, performed by Alter 3, an android with artificial life who makes friends with children in the chorus as they sing and perform together. This opera brings together an android and children, professional opera singers and the New National Theatre Chorus, ballet dancers and orchestra and video and design, inviting us into a world of coexistence and technology.

Produced by Artistic Director of Opera ONO Kazushi with a libretto by novelist SHIMADA Masahiko, this work is composed by SHIBUYA Keiichiro, who was also involved in the Vocaloid Opera "THE END", starring Hatsune Miku, and the android opera "Scary Beauty". Conducted by ONO Kazushi, with direction supervised by OGAWA Eriko and featuring dance scenes with choreography by KAIKAWA Tetsuo of the National Ballet of Japan (supervised by OHARA Noriko), this production is a collaboration on an unprecedented scale that goes beyond the bounds of regular opera. As creative art director, the direction of the set, costumes, lighting and video are by the internationally successful HARIU Shizuka, who won a bronze medal at the World Stage Design Awards. She was the first Japanese designer to do so, and has also been selected twice for the UK Design for Performance, with works displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Completing the stage at the Opera Palace of the NNTT is a video collaboration with visual artist Weirdcore, known around the world for his evocative music videos.

All eyes are on Alter 3, the android who has earned a name for itself in Japan and overseas for its singing and conducting, as it will be showing another, yet unseen, aspect of itself at the Opera Palace. This is the birth of a very new style of opera infused with cutting edge technology and a message of future coexistence. We welcome you to the NNTT, as we show the world what the art of the stage can achieve.