Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat

I have been to Matsumoto, a city in the (almost) centre of Japan. The aim of our visit was to view a performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat played by three actors and an actress accompanied by some members of Saito Kinen Orchestra. I am going to interview the actress next month, so I thought it would be nice if I saw her acting on the stage before seeing her.

The way to the city was smooth. We left our home around nine o’clock in the morning and was already in the city one o’clock in the afternoon. Our first destination was Matsumoto City Museum because both of us were willing to see the objects and rooms(?) made by Yayoi Kusama, a distinguished artist for her extensive use of drops as a motif. I was impressed by the rooms designed by her. You are namely taken into another world. You had better witness it by yourself.

We tried to visit some touristic places, but have given up to do so due to heat. It was so hot. We only visited Matsumoto Castle. It was not bad, but too hot to walk around the city. We were thus retired to our room in a hotel.

After having taken some rest, we moved to the venue. The show started almost on time. What can I say about it to such a fantastic performance? It was great. For the people who will see it, I refrain from explaining the reason why it is so exciting stage. I felt just up-side-down when the performance reached its climax. Believe me.

A monument designed by Yayoi Kusano

the Matsumoto Castle

The approach to the hall

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