- Performing Arts
- October 13, 2018
Gagaku – Ensemble Reigakusha and Kaiji Moriyama
The Reigakusha Ensemble is a world-renowned gagaku musical troupe. The Ensemble will collaborate with Kaiji Moriyama, for a dance performance along modern gagaku pieces.
Reigakusha is known for their extensive performances in Japan and abroad; they not only play classical gagaku pieces but also revive lost pieces, perform contemporary music, and even regularly commission contemporary composers to create new pieces in the traditional gagaku style. For this concert, Reigakusha will present a program that is unique to the Ensemble. During the first part, will be played “Rodai Ranbu”, a piece based on a music event that used to be held in the Japanese Imperial Court from the Heian Period (794 – 1158) to the Muromachi Period (1336 – 1573). The music piece has been arranged and reproduced by Reigakusha’s Music Director Sukeyasu Shiba. This suite, which includes a banquet scene made up of entertaining songs and dances, can be enjoyed even by audiences unfamiliar with gagaku.
During the second part, will be performed “Higan no Jikan” (2003, 2018-arrangements) by Atsuhiko Gondai, and “Rinju” (2010) by Toshiro Saruya. The musical performance will be accompanied by a contemporary dance composition by Kaiji Moriyama, one of Japan’s leading dancers and choreographers, as a world premiere collaboration with the Reigakusha Ensemble.
The stage scenography will focus on the art installation VOID, an impressive recent work based on traditional Japanese techniques called “Iwa Enogu”, by the internationally acclaimed artist Makoto Ofune, whose works have been exhibited in many places, including Parisian churches and world heritage sites.
Up-and-coming artists from Japan Jun Matsumoto (hair make) and Mikihiro Owaki (costumes) will lend their talent to the creation of this original show, together with four dancers, among whom includes a former member of Japan’s rhythmic sportive gymnastics national team.
October 13, 2018
Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris
The Japan Foundation, Cité de la musique – Philarmonie de Paris
・In cooperation with：
KAJIMOTO, Soto Zen Tochoji Temple, Amaike textile industry
・In conjunction with：
First part: Reigakusha
Second part: Reigakusha, Kaiji Moriyama (choregraphy/direction), Kei Asanuma, Nao Usui, Rui Kajita, Ayaka Hikima
Makoto Ofune/art installation VOID, Jun Matsumoto/hair make (tsujimanagement), Mikihiro Owaki/costumes (UNITÉVISION)