Welcome to our T O K A I D O   R O A D journey …….

cropped-shinegawaWe’re very excited to be launching T O K A I D O    R O A D, a new multi-media chamber opera. Created and commissioned by Okeanos, this 50-minute work, composed by Nicola LeFanu with a libretto by Nancy Gaffield, is set in the rich, hedonistic ‘Floating World’ of Japan’s Edo period. A composite of music, poetry, mime, dance and visual imagery, Tokaido Road draws inspiration from the ravishing mix of art forms enjoyed by the wealthy members of Edo society.

Okeanos are embarking on a journey of discovery with a world-class team of practitioners, creators, innovators and technicians. Please visit the Tokaido Road blog where you can find out all about our fascinating project and the story of the young artist Hiroshige who set out on Japan’s great Eastern sea-coast road: Tokaido Road, linking Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. We’ll keep you up to date on the sights and sounds of our voyage as we explore the Tokaido Road in a literary, visual, musical and dramatic travelogue. We’ll bring you interviews, musical extracts, literary insights, articles about the art which inspired the opera and much more. Follow us on Twitter and catch us at one of the many ‘Stations’ along the way if you can; we will be touring in 2014 and 2015 from Cheltenham to Canterbury and Tokaido Road Outreach events celebrating the music of arts and cultures will begin to appear en route.

‘I walk forward turning round, like the pilgrim who carries a mask on his back.’
– Nancy Gaffield (from Tokaido Road)

‘It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.’
― Ernest Hemingway

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Okeanos gratefully acknowledges Arts Council England for essential core funding towards Tokaido Road.
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Tokaido Road has been commissioned with the support of:

  • The Britten Pears Foundation
  • The Leche Trust
  • Radcliffe Trust
  • John S Cohen Foundation

Okeanos are grateful to the following for their support of the project’s development:

  • Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
  • Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation