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Performing Arts Creation Project
Featuring Contemporary Music

The first part of the program will be in the style of a chamber music concert, in which we will feature pieces by Kaija SAARIAHO and other composers who had a connection with her.
In the second part, a new stage production will take place with a collaboration between Josephine STEPHENSON, one of the highly thriving composers in Europe, and MORIYAMA Kaiji, Japan’s leading dancer.

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Date Sat, Jan 13, 2024 15:00 (Open 14:30)

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

Genre TBK productions Ballet, Dance Concert

Flyer (PDF)

Part 1

Chamber Music

Kaija SAARIAHO (Finland) was a composer with an overwhelming presence to be loved and coveted by the world for her graceful sound.

To pay homage to her, who passed away in June 2023 at the age of 70, we will feature one of her works and pieces written by composers connected with her: a new work (international co-commission) by YOKOYAMA Mioko, an emerging young composer based in Finland, who Saariaho had great hopes for, and another new work by Juha T. KOSKINEN, who has a bond with Japan and had studied under Saariaho.


Music to be performed

Juha T. KOSKINEN: Lacrime di Izanami [Koto Solo] (World Premiere)

Kaija SAARIAHO: Terra Memoria [String Quartet]

YOKOYAMA Mioko: From the ground [String Quartet] (Commission, World Premiere)


* The performance order has been changed as above from the initial announcement.

Part 2

KAGUYA—the daughter tree (Commission, World Premiere)

Performed in English with Japanese surtitles 

This new stage production is a collaboration between Josephine STEPHENSON, a composer drawing attention in France and the U.K., and MORIYAMA Kaiji, a versatile artist leading the dance world. Embracing a brand new worldview inspired by the ancient Japanese folktale “Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter)” and poems by YOSANO Akiko, and unique sounds by merging Renessance melancholic songs and the 21st century’s experimental pop tunes, this captivating work will go around the world after its premiere in Japan.


Based on: “Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter)” and poems by YOSANO Akiko

Music: Josephine STEPHENSON

Text: Ben OSBORN

Choreography: MORIYAMA Kaiji


Vocal: Josephine STEPHENSON†

Dance: MORIYAMA Kaiji†


Violin: YAMANE Kazuhito, MOHRI Fumika

Viola: TAHARA Ayako *1st prize and Audience Award of String section at the 11th Tokyo Music Competition

Cello: MORITA Keisuke

Koto (Japanese zither): YOSHIZAWA Nobutaka


†The artists will perform only in Part 2.

◇View artists profiles in flyer (PDF only in Japanese)


Lighting Design: OSHIMA Masao (Art Stage Lighting Group)

Costume Design: MASUDA Emi (MOMA WORKSHOP)

Interview with Artist

Read the full article of the interview with Josephine STEPHENSON

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan quarterly magazine “Onmyaku” (PDF only in Japanese)

Program notes and more

View all (from the official program *PDF only in Japanese)


Part 1 Composers’ Notes

⁃ Lacrime di Izanami (2023) by Juha T. KOSKINEN

⁃ Terra Memoria (2006) by Kaija SAARIAHO

⁃ From the ground (2023) by YOKOYAMA Mioko

Part 2 KAGUYA—the daughter tree (2023)

⁃ Composer’s notes by Josephine STEPHENSON

⁃ Lyricist’s notes by Ben OSBORN

⁃ Choreographer’s notes by MORIYAMA Kaiji


Finland’s contemporary music scenes from a historical perspective (PDF in English)

by OGAWA Itaru (Pianist and Writer)

• A tale to be passed down—The ubiquity and reinterpretation of “Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter)”

by SAITO Mika (Assistant Professor by Special Appointment, Sophia University)

• The new shape of music formed by the millennials

by YAGI Hiroyuki (Music Critic)

PhotoJosephine STEPHENSON, Music and Vocal
PhotoMORIYAMA Kaiji, Choreography and Dance
PhotoYAMANE Kazuhito, Violin
PhotoMOHRI Fumika, Violin
PhotoTAHARA Ayako, Viola
PhotoMORITA Keisuke, Cello
PhotoYOSHIZAWA Nobutaka, Koto


Prices (tax included)

[Day tickets]

Seat S tickets go on sale at 14:00.


Package “Featuring Contemporary Music” (Jan 11: Lecture by Josephine STEPHENSON & Jan 13: KAGUYA): S7,920yen S-Under-26s 3,960yen


S6,600yen A4,400yen B2,200yen *A, B Sold Out

Under-26s: S3,300yen A2,200yen

Age 65 and above (50 seats): S5,940yen Pre-sale sold out

Persons with disabilities: S5,500yen (The price applies to one companion.)

* Group Sales (Seat S/Groups of 10 or more): Please contact the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office for further details.

* Package, Seat-B, and discount tickets are only available at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office. Valid ID required for discount tickets. If you wish to purchase a package online, please enter through “Buy Package” listed on the top page of our ticketing website. However, the package is not available at our online English ticketing service.

Seating Chart of Recital Hall

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On Sale Date

Sat, Aug 19, 2023

Advance online sale for Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Members: Sat, Aug 12-Thu, Aug 17

BOX Office

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office

Other Information

* The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.
* Pre-school children are not allowed to attend this performance.
* Child care service is available. (Reservation and fee required. A limited number of children is accepted.)
Event Child Care Service: Mother's 0120-788-222
Reservation must be made by Fri, Jan 5, 17:00.

Related Event

Performing Arts Creation Project Featuring Contemporary Music

Lecture by Josephine STEPHENSON

Thu, Jan 11, 2024 19:00

Organizers & Supporters

Organizer: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

Partners & Grantors

Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan/Nomura Foundation

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Official Platinum Partners: Ueno Seiyoken/HASEKO Group/FUJI MEDIA HOLDINGS, INC.

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Official Gold Partners: THE ASAHI SHINKIN BANK/Bourbon Corporation