Art can be the greatest expression of being, an expression of our existence, we use it to push boundaries, tell stories, coax the senses and travel, whether that’s to another location, another time or completely different plain of existence. Art in its purest form transcends all, which is why there are so many forms of it and this is why we often find it difficult to determine what is art and what isn’t.
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During Hyper Japan, we were given the opportunity to meet the minds who created Opera AOI, a Japanese performance making its début in the UK. Joining them were Yamaha developed VOCALOID, this collaboration would see the two working hand in hand to create a performance and in this case art that defies logic and at the same time tells a fantastic story.
Opera AOI is a 30 minute long performance starring no humans, but instead Bunraku puppets, a Japanese form of traditional arts spanning over 250 years. In this instance it makes use of VOCALOID for the sound and music, utilising traditional Japanese musical instruments to “illustrate the the complexity of human deep psyche”. The chapter and name “AOI” derives from a famous Japanese literature, “Genji Monogatari”, sometimes considered to be the world’s first novel. Opera AOI toys with the concept of near death or out of body experiences, possession and revenge (to a certain degree) and in doing so makes for a mysterious, thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyable performance definitely worth watching.
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