Here’s a glimpse of the final concert of our Japan tour, an evening built around music performed on a ‘Hibaku’ piano -a piano which was exposed to nuclear radiation caused by the A-bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and survived.
Company dancers Kevin Ho and Uta Takemura and guest performers Reiko Hosomi, Yuki Miyoshi and Kano Yamada embraced the challenge of limited time and space and performed beautifully!
PicaDon – will this moment ever let go?
an international, multimedia collaboration with composer Magnar Åm, inspired by the Japanese animation film PicaDon, created by Renzo and Sayoko Kinoshita. The project is initiated by the Norwegian choir Volda Vokal, and produced by Gunnar Strøm, and calls attention to the worldwide efforts for peace and the elimination of nuclear weapons, which emerged in the wake of the destruction in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
“…uses beauty as a shield, which is well equipped to encounter despondency and fear”
(Olav Egil Aune, March 3rd 2013)
“ a creative demonstration against the effects of nuclear weapons which […] inspired the participants towards further effort to abolish nuclear weapons once and for all.”
(Nosizwe Baquwa / ICAN, Mars 5th 2013)
JAPAN TOUR SCHEDULE: Aug 4: HIROSHIMA
Aug 5: HIROSHIMA
Aug 7: KYOTO
Aug 9: TOKYO
Will this moment ever let go?supports the healing process after personal and global traumatic events, and shines a light on the peace efforts and the large scale international work that is being done towards the abolishment of nuclear weapons. The first performance will be part of the large international conference Mayors for Peace at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which also coincides with the anniversary of the A-bomb that fell over Hiroshima in 1945.
DANCERS: Kevin Ho, Uta Takemura and Einy Åm Sparks. Additional dancers for the TOKYO concert: Yuki Miyoshi, Reiko Hosomiand Kano Yamada
POET: Jan Erik Vold
MUSICIANS: Njål Sparbo, Ellen Sejersted Bødtker, Geir Draugsvoll (Hiroshima/Kyoto), James Crabb (Hiroshima/Kyoto), Tanikawa Kensaku (Tokyo), Sizzle Ohtaka, Masahiro Saeki, Haruhiko Saga and Saori Kojima
HIROSHIMA AUGUST 5th – 7:30pm (theater opens at 6:30pm) Club Quattro TICKETS:
2,500 yen (advance) 3,000 yen (at the door) + drinks (+ additional discounts) RESERVATION:
Hiroshima club Quattro, e+ (e plus), at Lawson Ticket (L code: 66329) or
at Ticket Pia (P code: 202-246) INFORMATION:
082-542-2280, club Quattro
KYOTO AUGUST 7th – 6.30pm (theater opens at 6pm) Kyoto Kita Bunka Kaikan (Kyoto North Cultural Center) TICKETS:
age 21 and over: 3,000 yen (advance), 3,500 yen (at the door) (+ additional discounts) RESERVATION: 080-9653-1300
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will this moment ever let go? is a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary piece created in collaboration with my father and composer Magnar Åm, and will be performed by 3 dancers, 9 musicians (among others Asian Wings, Ellen Sejersted Bødtker and Njål Sparbo), a large chorus (Volda Vokal and Ensemble 96) and poet Jan Erik Vold, as part of Oslo Church Music Festival.
The piece is inspired by the classic Japanese animation film PicaDon, depicting the moments before and after the A-bomb over Hiroshima, and will tour to Japan in August. The work is premiering in connection with two conferences on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, organized by ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), and an exhibition on loan from the Peace Museum in Hiroshima.
March 3rd, Oslo City Hall, 7pm. FREE
March 5th, Church of Volda, 8pm. NOK 200
MUSIC: Magnar Åm
Njål Sparbo, baritone
Ellen Sejersted Bødtker, harp
Geir Draugsvoll, accordion
James Crabb, accordion
Sizzle Ohtaka, voice
Vegar Sandholt, church bells
Masahiro Saeki, oud m.m.
Haruhiko Saga, throat singing and two string cello
Saori Kojima, theremin
COSTUMES: Stephanie Sleeper
This work is made possible by generous support from