Reasons to get excited for “Hanjo”:
- We love an adaptation — Hanjo is based on a 14th century Noh play, written for contemporary audiences by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa.
- We love cross-genre collaboration – Hanjo is the product of two companies working together to promote contemporary music and performance, Catapult Opera & the Talea Ensemble.
- We love timely themes — Hanjo touches on the fragility of our lives in the face of events beyond our control.
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Recommended readings to get you in gear for the show.
Mariko Anno, Piercing the Structure of Tradition: Flute Performance, Continuity, and Freedom in the Music of Not Drama (Cornell Univ. Press, 2020).
Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night (Penguin Books, 2016).
Wayne Koestenbaum, The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire (Vintage Books, 1993).
Margherita Laera, ed. Theatre and Adaptation: Return, Rewrite, Repeat (Bloomsbury 2014).
Akihiko Senda, The Voyage of Contemporary Japanese Theatre (University of Hawai’i Press, 1997).