The End and Scary Beauty - In Conversation

Queens Theatre 1, Thu 5th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Joseph Mitchell 1st Provocateur: Keiichiro Shibuya

Japanese composer Keiichiro Shibuya and OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell discuss virtual pop opera, The End, and Scary Beauty. The negation of “live” performance and the acceptance of digital realms on stage, how the work examines our humanity, and where opera and the theatre form can be pushed to evolve in the 21st century.

Key Points (Updated Live)

  • Keiichiro has a passion to break down genres. Within this, how do we define this work? Concert? Live music piece? A work of theatre? Performance art? The world’s first vocaloid pop opera where no orchestra or singers are on stage.

  • Hatsune Miku is a two dimensional character controlled by those who write the score for her. Three songs are performed as part of the chamber opera, and the third is an improvisation of the breathing patterns of William H. Boroughs.

  • The android is programmed for months before the show (including lyrics of the songs and voices) but once the show begins the android is just turned on and can perform without being controlled and manipulated during the performance.

  • Gender-neutral robot designed to respond to the environment, singing about their own thought process and experience. It’s responding to the stimuli around it.

  • Ultimately the goal is to be moved by something that is not human... for andriods to develop their own art... this is the goal.