»Matsukaze« is among the best-loved classics of Japanese Noh 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 première of »Matsukaze« Sasha Waltz follows 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 Noh Theatre classic »Matsukaze«. Musical direction is by renowned conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. Together with soloists Barbara Hannigan and Charlotte Hellekant extraordinary singers unite once more with dancers from Sasha Waltz & Guests and the Vocalconsort Berlin on the opera stage.
Alongside its long-standing partnership with the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg with whom the compagnie previously jointly produced »Dido & Aeneas« and »Medea«, Sasha Waltz & Guests is as well working in conjunction with the Opera La Monnaie in Brussels and the Berliner Staatsoper. For the first time the Polish National Opera joined Sasha Waltz & Guests in a production as a coproducer.