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Al Bustan Festival 2016
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A master of Japanese medieval Noh theatre meets an international concert pianist for an entirely new live-performance.
Hypnotic Noh body language blends with classical and modern piano works. The visions culminate in a deeply original interpretation of Shakespeare’s character King Lear.*
Naohiko Umewaka is world renown as the first great Noh master who opened his immense traditional heritage to an interaction with foreign art forms. His long -time friendship with the accomplished and eclectic French pianist Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua, equally at ease in classical and jazz-influenced repertoire, now leads them to perform together for the first time.
Piano music by Wagner, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Gershwin, Martial Solal….
Video material by Soraya Umewaka
*King Lear’s character from “Lear Dreaming” appears by courtesy of Singaporean stage director Ong Keng Sen
Naohiko Umewaka: Director and actor
Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua: piano
Soraya Umewaka: actor
Naotomo Umewaka: actor
Anne Marie Salame: narrator
Performance will be held in Emile Bustani Auditorium.