A New Opera in 53 Dreams
*WATERFIRE is a free interpretation in the form of an opera of the writings of Myoe Shonin (1173-1232), a Japanese monk who took concrete action in favor of the rejects and outcasts of his time, but he is most famous for keeping a Dream Diary (Yumenoki) for over forty years. What do we learn from our dreams? In them we meet memories, fears, fantasies. We visit real and imaginary places. Some say we witness glimpses from the future. At any rate, it is a space of exploration, of learning and of healing. The audience is invited to experience one dream cycle together, 100 minutes of sound, vision and multiple languages of which we are the dreamers. Like in a dream, we will be visited by familiar things in strange forms. Music: Juha T. Koskinen (FI) Text & Stage Direction: Aleksi Barrière (FI) Musical Direction: Clément Mao-Takacs (FR) Co-Scenography & Lighting Design: Étienne Exbrayat (FR) Japanologist & Translator of original sources: Miika Pölkki (FI/JA) Production coordination: La Chambre Aux Échos Collective (EU) Cast Soprano, tenor, contralto, actor, dancer-speaker, dancer, solo koto player. Orchestra, chorus, electronics. Performance team in the workshop process Thomas Kellner, actor (DE), Naoko Kikuchi, koto player (JA), Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano (FI)

*WATERFIRE - meditation of an opera-in-progress

*WATERFIRE - presentation of an opera-in-progress