Image by Daniel Davidson, UK artist.

Tonseisha – The Man Who Abandoned the World tells the tale of Yukiko, a Japanese woman haunted by the loss of two men: her father, whom she barely knew, and Beat writer Richard Brautigan. Inspired by Brautigan’s life and work, multidisciplinary Tonseisha weaves karaoke into opera and dance into theatre across dreamscapes of Tokyo and Montana.

Following performances of extracts at Dinefwr Literature Festival, Grimeborn Opera Festival and Rough for Opera, and after a period of development as part of the Barbican Pit Lab scheme, there will be a 45 minute work-in-progress showing of new material at Tete A Tete’s Opera Festival 2014.

Thursday 31st July & Friday 1st August @ 21.10 – 21.55 Studio Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross, London.

Book online HERE.

Tonseisha is a saltpeter production.

Team members for 2014 showing:

Producers: Vera Chok & Pippa Koszerek

Director: Gary Merry

Playwright: Erik Patterson

Composer: Kim B Ashton

Additional music: Satoshi Date & Alejandro Pelaez

Performers: Philippa Boyle (soprano), Vera Chok, Ilze Ikse (flute), Sean Patterson, Yshani Perinpanayagam (piano), Sophie Rivlin (cello), Austin Spangler, Chris Webb (bass)

Lighting: Jason Osterman

With thanks to designer Satoshi Date for Vera Chok’s costume. Thank you to everyone who’s helped develop the project including Barbican Pit Lab, David Duchin, Anna Masing, Jamie Wood, Matilda Brooke and The Brooke Consultancy.


Team Tonseisha and saltpeter thanks these wonderful donors and supporters who helped make our recent outing at Tête à Tête Opera Festival possible: Vicky Guest, Gloria Sanders, Rosie Armstrong, Cat James, Tania Hershman, Sara Houghton, Jon Bonner, Katy Jungmann, Aowen Jin, Manick Govinda, Edward Venning, Daniel York, Bill Ford-Smith, Michael Caines, Martin Carr, David Duchin, David Bickford, Allan Lim, Michelle Neeling, Erik Patterson, George Fuller, Yue-Li Gan, Andrea Askowitz, Sarah Le Fever, Anna Sulan Masing, Adrian Gillott, Iskandar Sharazuddin, Mark Holloway, John Walter, Rishi Dastidar, Katie Leung, Susan Keywood, Andrew Merry, John Robb, Kevin Shen, Shera Chok, Jessica Ballantine, Sebastiano Rizzo, Meryl, Flora Robertson, W Rey and Daniel Aegerter.

We sold out both evenings, turning people away, received super praise from the Arts Council England who awarded us with a grant and are looking forward to advising us on the next stage of development, and the immensely lovely people at the festival enjoyed our show very much too.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and here’s to the next step! – Vera, 14/08/14


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