War Sum Up: Music Manga Machine - Taiwan International Festival of Arts 2015

2015-03-20 19:30 - 2015-03-22 15:50

War Sum Up: Music Manga Machine - Taiwan International Festival of Arts 2015

When: 20 -21 Mar 2015 Fri-Sat 19:30, 22 Mar 2015 Sun 14:30
Where: National Theater Concert Hall - National Theater

 Music Manga Machine

War Sum Up: Music Manga Machine ©Gunars Janaitis

Hotel Pro Forma《迷幻战境》-2015台湾国际艺术节
War Sum Up: Music Manga Machine - Taiwan International Festival of Arts 2015
2015 TIFA前卫视觉音乐剧《迷幻战境》掀起异艺跨界新风潮

Electronic Music plus Striking Images Pushing Human Senses to the Limits
Founded in 1985, Hotel Pro Forma from Denmark has been dedicated to the experiments and installations of trans-disciplinary arts, particularly known for its production of visual operas. In their works, the concept of texts is overthrown, and perception, perspective and themes from the world are blended into a conceptual, visual and musical art form. As of today, it has produced more than 50 works.

War Sum Up: Music. Manga. Machine, an avant-garde opera created by Hotel Pro Forma's artistic director Kirsten Dehlholm, has won overwhelming acclamations after its Latvia premiere in 2012. The design of music, lyrics and visual effects is deeply influenced by the Japanese manga. Framed by the sounds of electronic music twelve singers on stage in warriors' costumes recite ancient lyrics from Japanese Noh-theater, while the striking light design gives a powerful visual impression of the nature of war. War Sum Up tells of war through three main characters: the Soldier who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the Warrior who is killed in the battle and thus become a spectre, and the Spy who is transformed to a superwoman in order to survive. These three main characters in turn present a world of light and dark, battle and death. All three stories are framed by the mysterious woman in yellow-the Game-master who begins the war. From man to machine, to statue, ghost and fantasy heroine, along with surreal manga projected onto the stage, the performance brings to the audiences the glorification and abomination of the war's brutal nature.


Kirsten Dehlholm
Kirsten Dehlholm Visual artist Kirsten Dehlholm is the founder and artistic director of Hotel Pro Forma, Denmark. Since the 1970s, she has participated in production and direction of more than 100 performances, including the most well-known avant-garde opera, Operation: Orfeo. In 2013, she was awarded Thorvaldsens Medal, the highest recognition for a visual artist in Denmark.


Creative Team
Vocals: Latvian Radio Choir
Conductor: Kaspars Putnins / Sigvards Klava
Direction: Kirsten Dehlholm
Music: The Irrepressibles and Santa Ratniece with Gilbert Nouno
Musical direction: Kaspars Putnins
Concept: Willie Flindt, Kirsten Dehlholm
Libretto: Texts from classic Noh theatre edited by Willie Flindt
Light design: Jesper Kongshaug
Costume design: Henrik Vibskov
Set design: Kirsten Dehlholm, Willie Flindt, Jesper Kongshaug
Manga drawings: Hikaru Hayashi
B/W photos: Zoriah Miller, Dallas Sells, Timothy Fadek, Kirtan Patel, Mário Porral, Richard Bunce
Production: Hotel Pro Forma, Latvian National Opera
Associate producer: Sarah Ford / Quaternaire
Production: Hotel Pro Forma


Tips: Approx. 80 minutes without intermission. Pre-talk: 30 minutes before every performance at the Lobby of National Theater. Post-talk: 22 Mar(Sun.) at the Lobby of National Theater. Performed in Japanese with Chinese surtitles. Latecomers will not be admitted. The age guidance for this production is 12+. The performance contains adult subject matter, nudity, smoke and bloody scenes. Viewer discretion is advised.


Price: NT$ 500/800/1200/1600/2000/2500/3000
Tel: 886-2-33939888
Add: 21-1 Chung-Shan S. Road, Taipei, Taiwan
Official Website: Hotel Pro Forma
Source: 2015 TIFA - Hotel Pro Forma - War Sum Up: Music. Manga. Machine


*Information provided by National Theater Concert Hall

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