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Music. Manga. Machine.
Hotel Pro Forma
Vocals by Latvian Radio Choir
Directed by Kirsten Dehlholm
In this beautiful, audacious merging of Japanese manga imagery,
texts from traditional Noh theater, electronic sounds, and new
music sung by the Latvian Radio Choir, War Sum Up ponders
the essence of war.
Twelve bodies, shadow-dappled and anonymous, stand on a looming stage. They inhabit a scarred two-dimensional world, trapped behind projections of images of combat: an explosion, a suit of armor, a hand turning into a gun. Amid this stylized tableau are lush, dissonant chorales by Latvian composer Santa Ratniece, alternating with crackling soundscapes by British electronic pop group the Irrepressibles, intoning hymns to the warrior, spy, and soldier.
Music by The Irrepressibles, Santa Ratniece with Gilbert
Concept by Willie Flindt and Kirsten Dehlholm
Musical direction by Kaspars Putnins
Costumes by Henrik Vibskov
Lighting design by Jesper Kongshaug
Libretto from classic Noh theater edited by Willie Flindt
Manga drawings by Hikaru Hayashi
Hotel Pro Forma is an international laboratory of performance and installation art.
Latvian Radio Choir was founded in 1940 and performs a wide range of repertoire.