Illustration by Ai Miyoshi
Enter the world of a new novel by Akutagawa Prize–winning Kaoari Fujino, brought vividly to life by the City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra
Date: Sunday 20 June 2021 (2 pm)
Venue : Main Hall
Cast / Staff
Conductor: Keiko Mitsuhashi
Novel: Kaori Fujino
Reading: Rina Kawaei
Orchestra: City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra
Music (TBC): Maurice Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin (extract), Pavane pour une infante défunte, and more
Kaori Fujino talk planned
The Unsleeping Princesses is published in July issue of Shincho magazine
In a world where a mysterious infectious disease runs rampant, turning people’s bodies rigid and covering them in a sand-colored candy, two young sisters live in a high rise. With their father in a coma after going out to get food, online shop stocks depleted, and their mother also asleep, the two finally find themselves alone. Over the course of their subsequent freewheeling life, the younger sister posts a photo on social media, which attracts adult men claiming they want to rescue the girls. The two sisters stand on the balcony and start to shoot the men one by one like snipers.
Born in Tokyo in 1980, Keiko Mitsuhashi started learning conducting at the age of sixteen. She studied at Tokyo University of the Arts at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She was the first Japanese conductor to win the Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition and the first woman to win a prize at the Arturo Toscanini International Conducting Competition, where she took the second prize at the contest’s ninth edition. In 2009, she was chosen by Newsweek Japan as one of a hundred Japanese people with global renown. She was profiled in the 2011 in the TBS TV documentary Jonetsu Tairiku. In 2013, she received the 12th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award.
Born in Kyoto in 1980, Kaori Fujino graduated from the Faculty of Letters at Doshisha University, where she also completed a master’s degree in aesthetics and art. After graduating, she worked part-time at a publisher while starting to write novels. In 2006, she won the 103rd Bungakukai Prize for Greedy Bird and, in 2013, the 149th Akutagawa Prize for Nails and Eyes. In 2014, she won the 2nd FRaU Literature Prize for Child Who Speaks. Her recent work includes Pieta and Transi (Complete Version) and Memories of the Afterlife.
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1995, Rina Kawaei’s credits include the lead role in Love’s Water Drop, the NHK Taiga drama series Idaten and Seiten o Tsuke, and the Fuji TV drama series Familiar Wife. Her voice acting includes the lead role in Ride Your Wave and the heroine in the Japanese dub for the Disney-Pixar movie Soul. She is set to play the lead role of Hinata in the upcoming NHK morning drama series Come, Come Everybody.
Presented by Kyoto City, ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation)
Special Sponsor: Nitto Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd,
In cooperation with Shinchosha Publishing Co., Ltd.
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S seats: ¥5,000 / A seats: ¥4,000 / B seats: ¥3,000 / 25 and Under (S seats): ¥3,000
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