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A new, site-specific opera inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki's novella 'The Key'. 谷崎潤一郎の傑作長編小説「鍵」を主題にした音楽ドラマ。
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The world premiere of 'THE鍵KEY' A new, cross-cultural, site-specific opera, composed by Francesca Le Lohé and produced by Naoya Yamashita. With your help, we hope to present this world first in Tokyo on Saturday 19th May 2018!

‘THE鍵KEY’とは作曲家フランチェスカ・レロイによる谷崎潤一郎の傑作長編小説「鍵」を主題にした音楽ドラマ。制作は山下直弥。あなたのご協力をいただけると初演が行います!2018年5月19日(土)

Francesca in discussion with the performers and invited audience at the test performance, Research and Development, August 2017 (Photo: Kohei Usuda)
Francesca in discussion with the performers and invited audience at the test performance, Research and Development, August 2017 (Photo: Kohei Usuda)

Set in 1950s Japan, the intimate story of four characters; The Husband, The Wife, The Daughter and The Lover, Kimura, is told through the diary entries of the married couple, written on the assumption that their partner will secretly read them. The Husband, feeling insufficient for his younger wife but frustrated with her high morality, begins to push her towards a younger man, originally seen as a potential match for their daughter, in an attempt to restore his own vitality through jealousy and voyeurism.

‘THE鍵KEY’is an immersive experience: Four trios shall perform simultaneously, relating their characters experience in four different rooms of Nakacho House. The performance will be promenade (the audience will be free to move throughout the rooms and pause to listen to whichever character they wish as the drama unfolds).

昭和時代の日本を舞台に「妻」「夫」「娘」「愛人(木村)」4人の登場人物の関係が互いに読まれることを前提に書かれた夫婦の日記を通して語られる。夫は、自分より若い妻に性的な悦びを与えることが不十分であると感じており、彼女の高い貞操観念に対して欲求不満を抱いていた。彼は妻への嫉妬とのぞき行為を通して自身の活力回復を試みようと妻を娘の結婚相手として紹介した愛人(木村)に接近させ始める……。

「家」という1つの空間の中で交差していく4人の人間ドラマを12人のパフォーマーにより表現する。それぞれの部屋で、4つのトリオは一斉に演奏し、各登場人物の経験を語る。 観客は自由に部屋を行き来しながら、登場人物のキャラクターが表された演奏を聴く。

Where does my money go?

This is a not-for-profit venture and we are delighted to have secured partial funding from Tokyo University of the Arts Mutomai Fund. However, as we are still missing around £700 of our expenditure, we now want to ask for your help to bring this project to life.

Please join us and become an invaluable supporting part of 'THE鍵KEY'! Your donation would be used to cover the cost of producing flyers, programmes, travel expenses, props and costume - all integral for this project. We need your help to make this dynamic project come to life!

これは非営利なプロジェクットです。武藤舞音楽環境創造教育研究助成金から助成をいただき、 大変感謝しています。しかし、予算が10万円くらい足りません。 チラシ制作、パンフレット、交通費、道具、衣装の費用が不足しています。 是非、'THE鍵KEY'にご協力ください!ご寄付をいただけると大変ありがたいです。いくらでも結構です!

Rewards!

We would like to show our deep appreciation for everyone who pledges by offering special rewards - from signed picture postcards, to tickets to the premiere to an opportunity to be the headline sponsor of the Tokyo performances! Please check our rewards section for more details. 

もしご寄付いただけるとリワードを差し上げます!リワードは、公演の写真のハガキ、東京での5月公演の招待券、 「THE鍵KEY」の東京公演のスポンサーとしてお名前の掲載などです! リワードのところで詳細のをご覧ください。

Floor plan of Nakacho House, showing where each character performs
Floor plan of Nakacho House, showing where each character performs

This is just the beginning for THE鍵KEY; we are aiming towards UK performances in 2019! Any donation, big or small, or even sharing this with anyone you feel may be interested is massively appreciated: please join us on this exciting journey! Thank you so much!

東京の初演の後、イギリスに2019年の公演を目指しています!いくらでもご寄付をいただけると大変ありがたいです。 そして、ご興味があり方に、シェーください!あなたのご協力をいただけると、このプロジェクットは実現になります!誠にありがとうございます。よろしくお願い致します。

「アートアクセスあだち 音まち千住の縁 拠点形成事業 パイロットプログラム」の一環で実施しています。

Flyer for the Tokyo premiere of THE鍵KEY
Flyer for the Tokyo premiere of THE鍵KEY

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About Francesca Le Lohé

イギリスの作曲家・フルート演奏家・コミュニティミュージシャン。2011年マンチェスター大学、学士(音楽)卒業。2013スコットランド音楽院、修士(作曲)卒業。作曲を David Fennessy氏に師事。2015、大和日英基金の大和スコラーシップ受賞。日本では、和楽器3個に師事、日本出演者の委嘱による新作の作曲、Whole Hog Theatreの翻案「トリスタンとイゾルデ」(主催: ネルケプランニング ・制作​:ゴーチブラブラザーズ)の作曲と音響、野村誠「千住だじゃれ音楽祭」への参加と作曲、国立劇場での日本雅楽会の演奏会出演など、精力的に活動している。

Francesca Le Lohé is a composer, flautist and community musician from the UK, based in Tokyo. After completing her studies in Music at the University of Manchester (2011) and Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2013), Francesca was awarded a Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholarship in 2015. Whilst in Japan, Francesca has pursued the study of three traditional Japanese instruments, received commissions and premieres from Japanese performers, composed for Whole Hog Theatre's adaptation of ‘Tristan and Isolde’ (produced by Gorch Brothers, sponsored by Nelke Planning), developed new work for and performed with the Makoto Nomura’s Senju Dajare Music Orchestra and been an active performing member with The Japan Gagaku Society.

Francesca performing on the 笙 (sho) in The Japan Gagaku Society's 55th Annual Concert, National Theatre of Japan, November 2016.
Francesca performing on the 笙 (sho) in The Japan Gagaku Society's 55th Annual Concert, National Theatre of Japan, November 2016.

Risks and challenges

This is an exciting new venture; it is Francesca Le Lohé's first theatrical/operatic production and a new experience for the majority of the team involved. This is partly why we held 3 days of Research and Development, culminating in a short test-performance to an invited audience, back in August 2017. We learnt a vast amount from the R&D meaning we are sure we can create a successful performance in May!

Rewards will be delivered to you by November 2018 at the latest. We are aware this is quite a while after the actual event but we want to make sure we can deliver the best possible quality products. We kindly ask for your patience, thank you!

「THE 鍵 KEY」は新しい挑戦です!フランチェスカ・レロイの初めてのシアトリカルかつオペラ的な作品で大勢の人々を巻き込んだ新しい体験となっています。
2017年8月に3日間、この作品を発展させるためにリハーサルと試演会を行い、観客を招待して、作品を短くしたものを試演会という形で上演しました。私たちはこの2017年8月に行なった試演会とリハーサルによってたくさんのことを学び、この5月に私たちはクリエイティブで素晴らしいパファーマンスができると確信しました。

遅くとも、報酬は2018年11月までにお送りいたします。実際の公演よりも遅くなってしまいますが、可能な限り質の高いものをお送りしたいと考えております。
みなさまのご親切に感謝しております。
どうぞよろしくお願いいたします!

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    - A limited edition photograph postcard from 'THE鍵KEY' premiere, signed by composer Francesca Le Lohé
    (作曲家フランチェスカ・レロイがサインした「THE 鍵 KEY」限定版ポストカードと写真をプレゼントします)

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    Signed copy of the libretto

    Pledge approx. £25 or more and receive(3750円以上ご支援いただいた場合):

    - A limited edition copy of the libretto (lyrics), signed by composer Francesca Le Lohé
    (作曲家フランチェスカ・レロイのサイン入り限定版リブレットをプレゼントします)

    - A limited edition photograph postcard from 'THE鍵KEY' premiere, signed by composer Francesca Le Lohé
    (作曲家フランチェスカ・レロイのサイン入り「THE 鍵 KEY」限定版ポストカードと写真をプレゼントします)

    - Exclusive email updates giving you sneak peaks of the production.
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    Become a 'Friend of THE鍵KEY'

    Pledge approx. £50, become a 'Friend of THE鍵KEY' and receive(7500円以上ご支援いただいた場合、「Friend of THE鍵KEY」となり、以下のものをプレゼントします):

    - A DVD of performance highlights
    (公演のハイライトDVD)

    - A limited edition copy of the libretto (lyrics), signed by composer Francesca Le Lohé
    (作曲家フランチェスカ・レロイのサイン入り限定版リブレットをプレゼントします)

    - A limited edition photograph postcard from 'THE鍵KEY' premiere, signed by composer Francesca Le Lohé
    (作曲家フランチェスカ・レロイのサイン入り「THE 鍵 KEY」限定版ポストカードと写真をプレゼントします)

    - Exclusive email updates giving you sneak peaks of the production.
    (支援者だけのプライベートメーリングリストに登録し、作品についてお知らせいたします。)

    *Your name shall also be printed in the performance programme and on the homepage under the heading 'Friends of THE鍵KEY'! (Unless donors would prefer to remain anonymous)

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    Become an 'Associate of THE鍵KEY'

    Pledge approx. £100, become an 'Associate of THE鍵KEY' and receive(15000円以上支援していただいた場合、「Associate of THE鍵KEY」となり、以下を受けることができます):

    - Complimentary ticket for the Tokyo performance ! *Limited to 5 tickets
    (限定5枚、東京での公演のチケット)

    - A DVD of performance highlights
    (公演のハイライトDVD)

    - A limited edition copy of the libretto (lyrics), signed by composer Francesca Le Lohé
    (作曲家フランチェスカ・レロイのサイン入り限定版リブレット)

    - A limited edition photograph postcard from 'THE鍵KEY' premiere, signed by composer Francesca Le Lohé
    (作曲家フランチェスカ・レロイのサイン入り「THE 鍵 KEY」限定版ポストカードと写真)

    - Exclusive email updates giving you sneak peaks of the production.
    (支援者だけのプライベートメーリングリストに登録し、作品についてお知らせいたします。)

    *Your name shall also be printed in the performance programme and on the homepage under the heading 'Associates of THE鍵KEY'! (Unless donors would prefer to remain anonymous)
    (匿名を希望しない限り、あなたの名前を公演プログラムとホームページの「Associates of THE鍵KEY」の覧に載せさせていただきます)

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    Become a 'Patron of THE鍵KEY'

    Pledge approx. £150, become a 'Patron of THE鍵KEY' and receive:
    (22500円以上ご支援いただいた場合、「Patron of THE鍵KEY」となり、以下のものを受け取ることができます)
    *limited to 5 positions
    このポジションは5名までとさせていただきます。

    - Exclusive 'THE鍵KEY' photobook, featuring photographs from the Research & Development, rehearsal and premiere performances
    (本番と試演会、リハーサルの写真を編集したオリジナルフォトブック)

    - Complimentary ticket for the Tokyo performance! *Limited to 5 tickets
    (限定5枚、東京での公演のチケット)

    - A DVD of performance highlights
    (公演のハイライトDVD)

    - A limited edition copy of the libretto (lyrics), signed by composer Francesca Le Lohé
    (作曲家フランチェスカ・レロイのサイン入り限定版リブレット)

    - A limited edition photograph postcard from 'THE鍵KEY' premiere, signed by composer Francesca Le Lohé
    (作曲家フランチェスカ・レロイのサイン入り「THE 鍵 KEY」限定版ポストカードと写真)

    - Exclusive email updates giving you sneak peaks at the production.
    (支援者だけのプライベートメーリングリストに登録し、作品についてお知らせいたします。)

    *Your name shall also be printed in the performance programme and on the homepage under the heading 'Patrons of THE鍵KEY'! (Unless donors would prefer to remain anonymous)
    (匿名を希望しない限り、あなたの名前を公演プログラムとホームページの「Patorns of THE鍵KEY」の覧に載せさせていただきます)

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    Pledge approx. £250 and become a headline sponsor of the Tokyo performances of 'THE鍵KEY'! ''THE鍵KEY' sponsored by (your name)' shall be printed on the performance programmes, on the homepage and in the libretto. (Unless sponsors would prefer to remain anonymous). Only 3 sponsor positions available.
    37500円ご支援いただいた場合、東京での公演の重役スポンサーとなり、匿名を希望されない限り、あなたからご支援いただいたことをプログラム、リブレット、ホームページに記載させていただきます。
    また、このポジションは3名までとさせていただきます。

    - Exclusive 'THE鍵KEY' photobook, featuring photographs from the Research & Development, rehearsal and premiere performances
    (本番と試演会、リハーサルの写真を編集したオリジナルフォトブック)

    - Complimentary ticket for the Tokyo performance! *Limited to 3 tickets
    (限定3枚、東京での公演のチケット)

    - A DVD of performance highlights
    (公演のハイライトDVD)

    - A limited edition copy of the libretto (lyrics), signed by composer Francesca Le Lohé
    (作曲家フランチェスカ・レロイのサイン入り限定版リブレット)

    - A limited edition photograph postcard from 'THE鍵KEY' premiere, signed by composer Francesca Le Lohé
    (作曲家フランチェスカ・レロイのサイン入り「THE 鍵 KEY」限定版ポストカードと写真)

    - Exclusive email updates giving you sneak peaks of the production.
    (支援者だけのプライベートメーリングリストに登録し、作品についてお知らせいたします。)

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