June 28: Cultural Program
Concept: Tradition and Diversity of Japan
■SCENE 1 : Rebirth of life
From kyogen, a form of traditional Japanese human comedy that has been inherited for 650 years, Mr. Nomura will perform Sanbaso, an ancient divine dance that has been performed with wishes for a huge harvest of the five grains.In the dance that prompts Mother Earth to awaken from a long winter sleep and inspire life, the first half of the performance entitled mominodan represents the hardening of the ground with multiple beats of the foot. In the second half entitled suzunodan Mr. Nomura will put on the kokushikijo, a black mask of an old man (god), and mimic the sowing of seeds in a prayer for a good harvest.
Performance by Mansai Nomura
Mr. Nomura is designated as an important intangible cultural property. He is also active as a kyogen actor who thrives in modern times, leveraging classic techniques in modern theater and his leading roles in film and television. He is the chief executive creative director for the opening and closing ceremonies at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
■SCENE 2 : Revival from misfortune
1.Flowers Will Bloom
(to offer disaster recovery support after the Great East Japan Earthquake)
(Lyrics: Shunji Iwai, Composition: Yoko Kanno)
2.La Campanella (Franz Liszt)
Performance by Nobuyuki Tsujii
Mr. Tsujii has been performing internationally since winning the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in the United States in June 2009—the first Japanese to win this competition. He has played at Carnegie Hall three times and has appeared at many music festivals, such as the Berliner Philharmonie and the Proms in London. In 2019, Mr. Tsujii is scheduled to play at a number of high-profile concerts in Japan, the United States, and Europe.
■SCENE 3 : Reinvigorating the spirit
1.O mio babbino caro/ “Oh my beloved daddy” (Giacomo Puccini)
2.Merce, dilette amiche/ “Thank you, dear friends” (Giuseppe Verdi)
3.Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore/ “I lived for art , I lived for love” (Giacomo Puccini)
4.Весенние воды, Op.14 No.11/ “Spring Waters Op.14 No.11” (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
Performance by Michie Nakamaru
Ms. Nakamaru won the third Luciano Pavarotti Competition in 1988 and made her debut in Europe. She co-starred with Luciano Pavarotti in The Elixir of Love and made her debut in the United States. She won the Maria Callas Competition in 1990. She signed with Teatro alla Scala, Milan and has performed the leading role at performances held at various prestigious theaters in Europe and the US, gaining a fine reputation.
■Entr'acte for Cultural Performance
G20 special Akanekikaku dancers
■Other Performance (between Cocktail and Family Photo)
Taiko drums by Shun Nishijima, Tomomi Inoue