In 2010 Itaru Sasaki of Otsuchi, Japan, learns that his beloved cousin has cancer and only three months left to live. After his cousin’s death, Sasaki builds an old telephone booth in his backyard so he can communicate with the deceased on a daily basis, as his words are scattered to the wind.
In 2011 a tsunami strikes the Otsuchi area, killing ten percent of the city’s population. Gradually, people find out about the phone booth and start visiting Itaru Sasaki’s garden to call their lost loved ones.
You visited a taxophone that, similarly to the wind phone in Japan, invites you to “call” all those you couldn’t reach in time, and now it is too late. We are not just losing people that are dear to us – animals, places and even things are leaving our lives for one reason or another, just as old taxophones are slowly abandoning the streets of modern cities.
You can also physically visit the taxophone, which is located next to the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. It is part of the upcoming contemporary opera: the libretto of the new opera will be based on audio recordings and texts of the calls. If you agree that your voice recording or spoken words can be used in the work, we invite you to contribute to the creation of the opera and become part of it.
Creators of the opera: Kamilė Gudmonaitė, Dominykas Digimas, Barbora Šulniūtė
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