Friday 22 March 07:00pm

Pan Asia Sounding Festival

Yuka C Honda's "No Revenge Necessary"

6pm doors • 7pm show


The Pan Asia Sounding festival offers a fresh perspective on a vibrant continent with groundbreaking performances that focus on the ever-evolving present and future of Asian music and art. Too often, Western presentations of Asian artists focus exclusively on ancient cultural traditions. Curated by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Du Yun, the Pan Asia Sounding festival explodes this biased lens by presenting new works on the cutting edge of contemporary performance.

The festival continues with No Revenge Necessary, an original multimedia opera hailed as the “newest adventure in mind-melding sound wizardry” (Observer) by Japanese-born composer, librettist, and director Yuka C Honda. 

From the composer:

No Revenge Necessary is a story about humans surviving in an environmentally scarred future. The story contains a surprise that awakens us to the quality and beauty that we as humans possess.

The setting takes place in a future where conditions on Earth have become dire. World leaders rely on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to calculate what the best means for human survival are, which has resulted in AI creating a colony in outer space. Humans are faced with a choice, and many choose to leave, departing in a massive spaceship to a new home. The humans who elected to stay—in a sense, to be sacrificed—are told by the AI that they are actually the ones who will save Earth, as they possess the character and inner strength required to do so – a surprising revelation.

To cope with and survive the poisonous atmosphere, these remaining humans elect to become hybrids. These hybrids must also contend with two Earthlings who refuse to change their biology, thus living in isolation.

Jaiko (hybrid) — Jaiko Suzuki
Akio (hybrid) — Akio Mokuno
Rebecca (human) — Rebecca Wright
Greg (human) — Greg Fox
Echo (AI anima) — Satomi Matsuzaki
Prism (AI anima) — Kahimi Karie
Chai Neeloo (AI anima) — Niki
Uture (AI anima) —YoshimiO

Baku (eats dreams) — Buttercup

MD, electronics — Yuka C Honda
Drums, triggers — Greg Fox
Guitar — Nels Cline

Artistic Team:
Film Director — Yuka C Honda
Director of Photography — Satoshi Tsuchiyama
Director of Photography — Joseph Patrick Conroy

Film editing — Christian LeMay
Face painting — Michael Arthur
Max programming help — Akio Mokuno

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.