THE鍵KEY: a site-specific, Anglo-Japanese, dramatic musical work
inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki’s ‘The Key’ (1956)
by composer Francesca Le Lohé
"THE鍵KEY" : a new Anglo-Japanese, site-specifc opera inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki's novel of the same name. Performed in a private residence, audiences are invited to move freely around the house, eavesdropping on small ensembles of singers, a dancer, and Japanese and Western instruments as this intimate drama unfolds.
THE鍵KEY UK Premiere August 2019
Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival
Tokyo 2019 Performances
Staged at Hirakushi Denchu House and Atelier, May 19th-26th 2019, supported by Arts Council Tokyo and the Japan Arts Council. More about these sell-out performances here.
Tokyo 2018 World Premiere
Staged at Nakacho House, Tokyo, May 2018, supported by The Mutomai Fund and Kickstarter Donators. More about the performers, creative team, supporting partners and the venue can be found here.
Tanizaki’s ‘The Key’
The Husband, feeling insufficient for his younger wife but frustrated with her high morality, begins to push her towards a younger man, originally seen as a potential match for their daughter, in an attempt to restore his own vitality through jealousy and voyeurism. It becomes clear that all four characters have their own agendas, yet a common goal: to see the Wife corrupted and pursue an affair. However, this ultimately ends in tragedy as the Husband reaches his very limits.
The novel is told through the diary entries of the married couple and it becomes clear from an early stage that they are reading each other’s’ diary entries, whilst pretending not to, and using them as a way of communicating with each other and even to manipulate each other. Therefore, the reader can never be sure of the true events and intentions related through these subjective diary entries. Furthermore, the actions and emotions of the daughter and the lover are even more unclear as the reader can only ever learn of them through the married couple’s biased diary entries.