‘NAE’ (which translates to The Rice Seedling) is a new, groundbreaking musical and theatrical work by Toronto-based composer Kokichi Kusano, featuring traditions of Japanese music and theatre for the modern stage. ‘NAE’ features a cast of talented actors and musicians from Japan and across Canada. Written and performed in Canada by Japanese Canadian composer, Kokichi Kusano, about his father’s battle with terminal cancer, ‘NAE’ combines traditions of Japanese theatre, music and festival arts to explore a tale of great human suffering, compassion and perseverance.
In the 13th century, Japan, misery and suffering have consumed the land, which is gripped in a famine of historical proportions. A lonesome monk, diligently serving prayers to the dead as they float away down the river, is soon to discover the mysterious forces that hold the fate of humankind in balance. ‘NAE’ is both spoken and captioned in English and Japanese.