Reasons to get excited for “Hanjo”:

  1. We love an adaptation — Hanjo is based on a 14th century Noh play, written for contemporary audiences by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa.
  2. 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.
  3.  We love timely themes — Hanjo touches on the fragility of our lives in the face of events beyond our control. 


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HANJO by Toshio Hosokawa
An excerpt of the music from Hanjo by Toshio Hosokawa

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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). 

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