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Writing Public Speaking

contemporary music theatre
pre-premiere 13 November 2010, Den Bosch
premiere 9 June 2011, Holland Festival, Amsterdam
link to A.M. microsite

A.M. is a love story about sound.

Yoshi, a recent college drop-out, is obsessed with recording the secret music of Tokyo at night. He’s also obsessed with pink cakes, clementine peel, the disappearance of time, women’s breasts, and the silence directed at him by his father. Riding a torrent of thoughts he goes out with a contact microphone to feel for the hidden echoes and reverberations stored within the bodies of vending machines.

Kyoko, a girl from Hokkaido, is wandering the city in search of her adult self. Caught between introversion and a desire to be understood, she feels oddly adrift within her own body. Ever since a childhood illness affected her hearing, she has been haunted by the sound of a woman singing — a beautiful voice coming from nowhere, but seemingly trapped behind glass, without air, without sound …

Arnoud Noordegraaf (composer, director) and Hornsby (writer) weave a rich meditation upon time, sound, being, and being nineteen.

yoshi recording Sound of Tokyo. Sound of the streets at night. Sound of trains … shoes walking, lungs breathing. The hiss of a bottle opening. Sound of ice cubes in a glass. Sound of elevators, of keyboards clicking, fingers tapping, water boiling, pipes knocking. A man blowing his nose in G. A cat scratching a sofa. The sound of music through fifteen different walls. The sound of rice pouring into a rice cooker …
kyoko hand I am a thought passing through the atoms of your body.
You are a thought passing through the atoms of your body.
All things that have ever happened
are thoughts
passing through bodies
in a sea of floating time.
rooftop A.M.
contemporary music theatre
for soprano and layered video
performed by Mikae Natsuyama
composed and directed by Arnoud Noordegraaf
written by Adrian Hornsby
link to A.M. microsite
ear to the glass

Pre-Premiere: 13–14 November 2010, November Music, Den Bosch, NL
22 January 2011, Theater Kikker, Utrecht, NL
19 March 2011, AINSI, Maastricht, NL
28 April 2011, Theater Korzo, Den Haag, NL
Premiere (new arrangement): 9–10 June 2011, Holland Festival, Theater Frascati, Amsterdam, NL
5-7 August 2011, Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch, NL
26 August 2011, Grand Theatre Groningen, Noorderzon Festival, NL
27 Jan 2012, Plaza Futura, Eindhoven, NL
9 May 2012, Cultuurcentrum Hasselt, Belgium
21 June 2012, Smart Projectspace, Amsterdam
2–4 November 2012, Shibuya Auditorium, Tokyo (screening only)
24 May 2014, Festival van Vlaanderen, Kortrijk, Belgium

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