BLACK OPERA , a composite and comprehensive performing art theatre conceived by Tokyo’s most heretic and inventive artist collective and record label BLACK SMOKER RECORDS was held on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November following two opening parties on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th at Goethe-Institut Tokyo for the second consecutive year. 2019 marked 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the 2019 edition of the performance entitled “Nibuiro no Kabe (The Dark Grey Wall)” took the concept of the wall as a source of inspiration. With much bolder and adventurous production compared to previous year’s edition ” BLACK OPERA – Hole On Black – ” as well as an even more chaotic fusion of varied styles of music, visuals, art and dance; it exceeded all expectations and brought new sensations, confusion and excitement. One of the most innovative interpretations of opera cultivated in the deepest of the Tokyo underground were presented. Complete with fresh ideas, unpredictable and thrilling performances which provided such rare opportunities to witness some of the most groundbreaking artists on one stage.
11/14(Thu) OPENING PARTY I – TALK & MOVIE SCREENING –
11/15(Fri) OPENING PARTY II – MAZEUM meets Unsound-
11/16(Sat), 17(Sun) BLACK OPERA – Nibuiro no Kabe –
Brainchild of KILLER-BONG aka K-BOMB of a legendary avant hip hop group THINK TANK, BLACK SMOKER RECORDS is not just a record label but a vital driving force in the Tokyo underground scene since 1997. Through a huge catalogue of over 250 releases and all kinds of numerous events that always
push boundaries, BLACK SMOKER RECORDS expanded its network and morphed into a fluid community of like-minded artists involving everything from hip hop, dub, jazz, rock, noise, experimental music to DJ culture, dance, film, visual art, pottery and even growing their own branded rice. They still continue to surprise us with something unexpected and innovative after over two decades of constant operation.