Kiyo: A Japanese Opera

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Help us develop this new Japanese Opera by Jan & Kayo Albert in a workshop in NYC!
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Christian De Gre
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New York, New York
United States
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Our Mission

Mind The Art Entertainment is proud to develop an original, exciting and new Japanese Opera in New York City. As a majority of Opera houses close their doors to new work, we embrace growth and innovative voices and continue to fight against the norm that is the rapidly dissapearing Opera world. We believe strongly that an art form must continually grow and evolve and for that, new work must be supported, encouraged and developed. It is with great interest and commitment then that we ask you to help us develop this wonderful work with us.


The Opera

Kiyo, an opera in three Acts based on the Japanese legend of Kiyo-hime, was written by Jan and Kayo Albert with the utmost respect for Japanese historical and cultural heritage.

Kiyo presents a story of purity and passion taken to the extreme while realizing the impermanence of all things.

The story of Kiyo begins with a young girl named Kiyo whose painful past follows her to Mrs. Haru's tea house. There she works and meets the young priest Zenshin who lives at Abbott Kukai's temple and is his promising student. In the spring, Kiyo and Zenshin fall hopelessly in love with each other, and Mrs. Haru, for her own reasons, cannot approve.

As time passes through summer and autumn Zenshin begins to question his true calling. He is assured that Buddha’s teaching is what he must follow and his passion for Kiyo grows cold. Kiyo, after losing her entire family and whose future life with Zenshin means everything, cannot accept that and swears revenge. She attains supernatural powers from Kompira, a legendary serpent, by surrendering her own soul. At the opera's climactic scene, taking place during the winter, Kiyo turns herself into a serpent. She chases Zenshin who hides inside the temple bell.  In a moment of passion she climbs the bell and melts it, killing herself and Zenshin.  

Both Japanese and western audiences will appreciate Kiyo’s universal themes. Kiyo includes wonderful Japanese traditional and cultural themes such as the stories of Jizo and Kaguya, O’Bon and Tea Making Ceremony, Stone Garden and Ikebana, Susuki Ballet and Buddhist Chants.  Opera Kiyo first and foremost inspires to reveal a true human story in a thoughtful and entertaining way.

Kiyo’s melodic musical score closely describes its character’s emotions and dramatic situations.        

  

The Funding

100% of your contributions will be used to support the workshops to develop and expose this new work to the world. Your contributions help us pay for rehearsal spaces and to print marketing materials. No part of this money is going into the pockets of a producer. No we believe that artists need the right space to create, the proper materials to explore and the appropiate exposure to succed. This is where your money goes. To develop a piece of work properly so it can flourish and stand the test of time.

 

Questions? Concerns?

You can read more about us and our projects at www.mindtheartentertainment.com or you can email our Executive Producer at President@mindtheartentertainment.com We have an open door policy and believe in transparency so ask us and we shall answer :-)

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