THE鍵KEY: a site-specific, dramatic musical work inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki’s ‘The Key’ (1956) . The book, set in 1950’s Japan, features four characters -the Husband, the Wife, the Daughter and Kimura, the Lover - and is told through the married couple's diary entries, written on the assumption that their partner will secretly read them...
The work takes place in four separate rooms of a house, featuring an ensemble of four trios:
THE夫HUSBAND trio: male voice, shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and double bass
THE妻WIFE trio: soprano, sho (Japanese mouth organ) and cello
THE娘DAUGHTER trio: female voice, kotsuzumi /shimedaiko (Japanese percussion, one performer) and violin
木村KIMURA trio: dancer, biwa (Japanese lute) and clarinet in B♭.
The trios perform simultaneously, relating their characters experience in the four different rooms. The performance is promenade; the audience are free to move throughout the rooms, pausing to listen to and peer in on whichever character they wish as the intimate drama unfolds.
World premiere at Nakacho House, Adachi-ku, Tokyo, Japan, May 19th 2018, supported by The Mutomai Fund for Music Creation, Education and Research and donators to our successful Kickstarter campaign. In cooperation with Art Access Otomachi, Whole Hog Theatre and Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.
2019 Tokyo performances: May 19th, 25th and 26th at Denchu Hirakushi House and Atelier, 2-20-3 Ueno-sakuragi, Taito-ku,Tokyo. Supported by: Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) and the Japan Arts Council (Japan Arts Fund). In Cooperation with Ibara City, Okayama Prefecture, Ueno-Sakuragi Denchu Hirakushi House and Atelier, NPO Taito Cultural and Historical Society, Arts management group 'Yanaka no Okatte'.