»Matsukaze« as Video-on-Demand on YouTube

From 11 to 20 February 2022 we will continue our online program with a recording of Sasha Waltz‘ choreographic opera »Matsukaze« from La Monnaie in Brussels (2017), which will be available free of charge for ten days on our You Tube channel.

»Matsukaze« is among the best-loved classics of Japanese Nô Theatre. The sisters Matsukaze and Murasame are each in love with the same man; their feelings however remain unrequited in this life. Years after death the sisters’ spirits revisit this world in tireless pursuit of their beloved.

With the world premiere of »Matsukaze« Sasha Waltz followed up on her opera productions »Medea« and »Dido & Aeneas« which revolve around the fates of two female figures from ancient times. By way of her self-created choreographic opera Sasha Waltz has expanded the realm of music theatre, employing theatrical methods derived from dance to fashion a new mix of dance, song and music.

Outstanding contemporary Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa wrote the music to the reworked libretto of the Nô Theatre classic »Matsukaze«. Together with soloists Barbara Hannigan and Charlotte Hellekant extraordinary singers unite with dancers from Sasha Waltz & Guests and the Vocalconsort Berlin on the opera stage.

Opera by Toshio Hosokawa
Libretto by Hannah Dübgen
Based on the Nô Play of the same name by Zeami
Choreographic opera by Sasha Waltz

Direction / Choreography
Sasha Waltz
Musical Direction
Bassem Akiki
Pia Maier Schriever and Chiharu Shiota
Christine Birkle
Martin Hauk
Ilka Seifert

Barbara Hannigan (Soprano)
Charlotte Hellekant (Mezzosoprano)
Frode Olsen (Bass)
Kai-Uwe Fahnert (Baritone)

Dance / Choreography
Jirí Bartovanec, Davide Camplani, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Lorena Justribó Manion, Florencia Lamarca, Elia Lopez Gonzales, Sergiu Matis, Gyung Moo Kim, Sasa Queliz, Zaratiana Randrianantenaina, Mata Sakka, Xuan Shi, Junko Wada, Niannian Zhou
Luc Dunberry

Kammermusikensemble des Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie
Vocalconsort Berlin

World Premiere: 03.05.2011, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels
Recording: April 2017, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels

A film by
Karsten Liske
La Monnaie / De Munt
Extra Muros 2016-17
with the support of MM Channel

Music Credit
Schott Music Co. Ltd., Tokyo
Kindly supported by SCHOTT Music, Mainz

A production of Sasha Waltz & Guests on behalf of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in coproduction with Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, in cooperation with the Staatsoper Berlin. The production »Matsukaze« is funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation. Made in Radialsystem.