No Revenge Necessary is 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. Combining acoustic and electronic music with film and more, the opera explores the relationship between humans and technology through the dystopian story of people struggling to survive alongside artificial intelligence in an environmentally scarred future, a powerful, harrowing tale of vital importance to our own time.
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 — YoshimiO
Baku (eats dreams) — Buttercup
Musicians and Artists:
MD, electronics — Yuka C Honda
Drums — Greg Fox
Guitar — Nels Cline
Film Director — Yuka C Honda
Director of Photography — Satoshi Tsuchiyama, Joseph Patrick Conroy
Film editing — Yuka C. Honda
Additional video — Akio Mokuno
Face painting — Michael Arthur
Max programming help — Akio Mokuno
Lighting and live film editing — Christian LeMay
Make-up — Mami Nagase
Stage Help — Masahiro Murao