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Tokyo’s Bunkyo Civic Hall will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of literary giant Ougai Mori with a one-off staging of Christoph W. Gluck’s 1762 opera “Orfeo ed Euridice” as translated and reworked by Mori, and simply retitled “Orpheus.”

The performance will be directed by Berlin-based theater director Kazuko Watanabe, who is actively involved in Europe’s art scene, has created a special adaptation of the work for this staging. As well as designing visual effects that blend Japanese and European styles and using custom-made Oriental-style costumes, Watanabe has also incorporated nichibu (Japanese dancing) choreographed and danced by Sumi Hanayagi into her work.

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