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War Sum Up

Music. Manga. Machine.

2011

2015
20 Mar 2015
, 19:30
21 Mar 2015
, 19:30
22 Mar 2015
, 19:30
National Performing Arts Center, Taipei
History
2014
22 Mar 2014
, , 20:00
Theater aan de Parade, Den Bosch, Holland
21 Mar 2014
, 20:15
Odeon de Spiegel, Zwolle, Holland
20 Mar 2014
, , 20:00
Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag, Holland
2013
01 Nov 2013
, 19:30
02 Nov 2013
, 19:30
Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music
11 Sep 2013
Transart, Teatro Comunale, Bolzano, Italy
10 Apr 2013
Théātre de Nīmes
06 Apr 2013
07 Apr 2013
Le Volcan maritime - Maison de la Culture du Havre
2012
23 Nov 2012
24 Nov 2012
Materia Prima Festival
10 Oct 2012
Budapest Fall Festival (formerly Fall Festival)
National Theatre, main stage
05 Jun 2012
Riga's Opera Festival
25 May 2012
Brighton Dome, Brighton Festival
29 Apr 2012
Royal Danish Opera
2011
11 Nov 2011
12 Nov 2011
The Royal Danish Theatre
27 Oct 2011
28 Oct 2011
Musikhuset Aarhus
25 Oct 2011
Odense Theatre
16 Oct 2011
17 Oct 2011
Latvian National Opera, Riga
08 Sep 2011
09 Sep 2011
Norwegian Premiere
Ultima - Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
02 Sep 2011
03 Sep 2011
World Premiere - Latvian National Opera

War Sum Up

Music. Manga. Machine.

2011

12 singers and a striking light design that give a powerful visual impression of the nature of war. 

Follow the Warrior, the Spy and the Soldier through their transformation into a world of light and dark, battle and death. From man to machine, to statue, ghost and fantasy heroine. Three stories in XL of glorification and abomination.

 

War Sum Up – a Manga Opera on the Nature of War 
by Kirsten Dehlholm and Willie Flindt 

War is as simple and as complicated as man itself. The nature of war is ever-changing, adapting to the era’s usable weapons and to the culture within which it takes place. War develops new technology, new strategies, new opinions.

 

War Sum Up tells of war through three main characters: 
The Soldier is sent home from war. He suffers from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and he no longer feels at home in civilian society. He returns to the war and dies in an explosion. A monument is raised in his memory. His symptoms and fate exist today.

 

The Warrior is killed in battle. His unnatural death prevents his soul from a natural transition to the world on the other side. He becomes a spectre, a ghost, who must tell his story in order to find peace. An old superstition which still exists in many cultures.

 

The Spy is captured in the war. In order to be freed she must relearn her abilities in the martial arts and transform herself. She is transformed into a super-woman and escapes. She is a part of the fantasy-genre and popular culture.

 

All three stories are framed by the woman in yellow. She is the Gamemaster who begins the war. But she is also the person who perpetually continues working because everyday life must go on as a banality of evil even though there is a war. And she is the Gamemaster, who returns to start a new war.

 

Each story is intensified and enlarged when the voices of the Civilians are heard, as a large choir. Light and dark, colours and patterns in black and white together with manga drawings in XL format are other intense narrators. The space keeps the scene in a frame that opens up towards the rear at the end of the performance. The music and images drive the story forward while the words which are sung hit the story with the deep tone of poetry.

 

War Sum Up is inspired by Japanese culture and its powerful expressions of poetry, pop, precision and brutality. This is illustrated through the music, the song texts, the costumes and the universe of images. 


The libretto is created with texts from Noh-theatre, written by Japanese masters, which are sung in Japanese.

 

War Sum Up combines several musical expressions and styles. New composed classical music creates a spheric, electronic sound image. Newly written pop-music describes the three characters with a mix of chamber pop and electronica, where man and machine melt together. The old world meets with the new, when old texts unfold in the electronic universe in order to tell the never-ending story of the nature of war.

 

The man-machine interface, the new environment or computer space, which machine and man inhabit together, is not an extension of the body but a total environment. It is the context for a new corporeal reality, an entirely new world in which war is conducted, a world into which we are sensorially and not only physically incorporated and assimilated. 
- Christopher Coker,The Future of War (2004) 

 

 

CREDITS

NOT TO BE USED IN PRINTED MATERIAL WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM HOTEL PRO FORMA. THE FOLLOWING CREDIT LIST IS FOR THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION IN RIGA, LATVIA, OSLO, NORWAY AND DENMARK IN 2011.

 

Vocals Latvian Radio Choir
Gamemaster Ieva Ezerite
Soldier Aigars Reinis
Warrior Gundars Dzilums
Spy Līga Paegle
Conductor Kaspars Putnins / Sigvards Klava

Director Kirsten Dehlholm
Concept Willie Flindt, Kirsten Dehlholm
Music The Irrepressibles, Santa Ratniece with Gilbert Nouno
Musical direction Kaspars Putnins
Libretto Texts from classic Noh theatre edited by Willie Flindt
Costumes Henrik Vibskov 
Light design Jesper Kongshaug 
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
Video design Sine Kristiansen 
Props and set design assistant Maria Legaard Kjeldsen
Architects Nicole Vitner, Runa Johannesen
Director’s assistant Jon R. Skulberg

Technical director, Hotel Pro Forma Jesper Sønderstrup
Technical director, Latvian National Opera Vilmars Sadris
Sound engineer Andris Uze
Video engineer Ugis Ezerietis
Stage manager, on tour Janis Kalnins
Light engineer, on tour Oskars Plataiskalns
Video technique Kasper Stouenborg 
Architects Nicole Vitner, Runa Johannesen
Makeup MAC Cosmetics

Production Hotel Pro Forma, Latvian National Opera
Associate producer Sarah Ford / Quaternaire 
Project coordinators, Hotel Pro Forma Anders Hanghøj, Maja Brita Hauan
Tour manager Aicha Boutella / Quaternaire
Bookkeeper, Hotel Pro Forma John Bruun
Producer, Latvian National Opera Dace Bula
Managing director, Latvian Radio Choir Egils Stals
Manager, Hotel Pro Forma Bradley Allen

Duration 80 minutes, no intermission

Performed in Japanese with surtitles in English.


War Sum Up is co-produced by the Latvian Radio ChoirLatvian National OperaUltima Oslo Contemporary Music FestivalConcert Hall AarhusRoyal Danish TheatreOdense Theatreand Hotel Pro Forma.


War Sum Up is supported by Nordic Culture PointBikubenfondenOticon Fonden and Konsul Georg Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorcks Fond.

Performance partner MAC Cosmetics

Hotel Pro Forma is supported by the Danish Arts Council’s Committee for the Performing Arts.

2015
20 Mar 2015
, 19:30
21 Mar 2015
, 19:30
22 Mar 2015
, 19:30
National Performing Arts Center, Taipei
History
2014
22 Mar 2014
, , 20:00
Theater aan de Parade, Den Bosch, Holland
21 Mar 2014
, 20:15
Odeon de Spiegel, Zwolle, Holland
20 Mar 2014
, , 20:00
Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag, Holland
2013
01 Nov 2013
, 19:30
02 Nov 2013
, 19:30
Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music
11 Sep 2013
Transart, Teatro Comunale, Bolzano, Italy
10 Apr 2013
Théātre de Nīmes
06 Apr 2013
07 Apr 2013
Le Volcan maritime - Maison de la Culture du Havre
2012
23 Nov 2012
24 Nov 2012
Materia Prima Festival
10 Oct 2012
Budapest Fall Festival (formerly Fall Festival)
National Theatre, main stage
05 Jun 2012
Riga's Opera Festival
25 May 2012
Brighton Dome, Brighton Festival
29 Apr 2012
Royal Danish Opera
2011
11 Nov 2011
12 Nov 2011
The Royal Danish Theatre
27 Oct 2011
28 Oct 2011
Musikhuset Aarhus
25 Oct 2011
Odense Theatre
16 Oct 2011
17 Oct 2011
Latvian National Opera, Riga
08 Sep 2011
09 Sep 2011
Norwegian Premiere
Ultima - Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
02 Sep 2011
03 Sep 2011
World Premiere - Latvian National Opera
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