Private View at Beach Creative

Fabulous evening at Beach Creative in Herne Bay last night, at which Nancy Gaffield and Wynn White were In Conversation, talking about their individual as well as their collaborative processes on Tokaido Road.

Wynn’s photographs are currently being exhibited at Beach Creative as one of several events leading up to tomorrow’s performance at The Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, and last night was the opportunity to get up close and personal with both Wynn and his images, as he took the assembled crowd through his creative process, interspersed with Nancy reading from her cycle of poems.

Thank you to Beach Creative for hosting Wynn’s exhibition, and for last night’s In Conversation; it all builds up to tomorrow night’s performance – see you there!

Exhibition of Wynn White’s photographs at Beach Creative

As the build-up to the performance of Tokaido Road at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury on Sat 23 May, we’re delighted that the satellite exhibition of Wynn White’s photographs is now open at Beach Creative in Herne Bay.

American-born now living in Japan, Wynn is a hands-on photographer using several historic printing techniques that are becoming increasingly rare; several of Wynn’s mesmerising photos are projected onto the stage during the opera; the exhibition at Beach Creative sets Wynn’s photos within the context of his work, and allows a wider appreciation of his creativity.

beach_creative_logoThe exhibition runs until 23 May; admission is free, find out more about Beach Creative here.

 

WalkSwaleMedway response to ‘Tokaido Toad’

Last night the new Colyer-Fergusson Gallery at the University of Kent hosted a Private View of artist Hope Fitzgerald’s evocative exhibition, Walk Swale Medway. a response to Tokaido Road that embraces similar ideas of travel, of journey and landscape.

The exhibition, part of several ancillary events leading up to the next performance of the opera at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury on May 23, closes this weekend after a two-week run, and last night’s event was an opportunity to meet the artist and view her collection of images which respond to the area of Swale and Medway which Hope explored over a three-week period, photographing as she went.

The first of two uniquely-Kent-inspired responses to Tokaido Road which the gallery will host, Nancy Gaffield was also present last night to view the exhibition.

The second exhibition, Exploring the Saxon Shore Way: a response to Tokaido Road by Earthbound Women, runs at the gallery from 9 – 24 May; more details here.

Interview with artist Hope Fitzgerald

Interview with artist Hope Fitzgerald

One of Tokaido Road‘s ancillary projects is the #walkSwaleMedway exhibition at the Colyer-Fergusson Gallery at the University of Kent, which opens on Friday 17 April as part of the events leading up to the performance of the chamber opera at the Gulbenkian Theatre in May.

WSM_06The exhibition, the first of two at Colyer-Fergusson, is a response by the Kent-based artist, Hope Fitzgerald, and explores similar ideas of journeying and of travel to Hiroshige’s series of prints with from a uniquely Kent perspective. The exhibition will run from 17 April to 1 May; admission is free.

Hope talks about the exhibition and the ideas behind her project over on the University of Kent’s Music department blog here.

Audio extract: Hiro Reflects

In a final audio extract from Tokaido Road, the elderly painter, Hiroshige  reflects, to a ghostly backdrop of harmonics, on the journey he took along the Road all those years ago; how he mourned his lover, the black-haired Kikuyo, and the bleakness of Kanbara.

photo 10In this extract, Hiro is played by Jeremy Huw Williams.

The London premiere of the opera is on Wednesday 25 February at the Barbican’s Milton Court Theatre: details here.

Photo: © Greg Trezise

Audio extract: Voice of the River

Following yesterday’s extract from Tokaido Road, today’s moment from the opera comes from Scene 6, in which the singers and Mime giving voice to the River itself – ‘No-one knows I have a story to tell…’

photo 5In this extract, Okeanos Ensemble accompanies the voices of Jeremy Huw Williams, Caryl Hughes and Raphaela Papadakis, with Haruka Kuroda as the Mime.

Another extract tomorrow…

The London premiere of the opera is on Wednesday 25 February at the Barbican’s Milton Court Theatre: details here.

Photo © Greg Trezise

Audio extract: Spring Arrives

To whet your appetite for the forthcoming London premiere of Tokaido Road on 25 February (details here), here’s Scene II from the opera; newly-established in a tea-house, Mariko sings a gentle lullaby to her baby.

In rehearsal: Caryl Hughes as Mariko.

In rehearsal: Caryl Hughes as Mariko.

In this extract, Mariko is sung by mezzo-soprano Caryl Hughes. Another extract tomorrow…

Rehearsal photo: © Greg Trezise

The Road in 2015: tour dates

We’re very excited to be seeing in the New Year by announcing our UK tour dates for 2015!

The Road begins its odyssey next month, with its London premiere on Weds 25 February at the Barbican’s Milton Court Theatre (details here); on Saturday 23 May, the Road reaches the Gulbenkian Theatre at the University of Kent (details here); then it travels to Northumberland as part of the Alwinton Summer Concerts series on on Saturday 27 June (details here), before arriving at the University of York’s Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on Weds 28 October.

We look forward to meeting you On the Road during 2015!

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