Directed by Werner Herzog, Sets and Costume design by Eiko Ishioka
Above: Kimonos designed by Eiko for the prostitute characters. As the costume and set designer, Eiko brought her minimalist aesthetic to the lush opera. Her visual tableau was inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e art, the most illustrative cultural source for the Edo era; at the same time abstract touches rendered her design utterly modern. Visually and essentially the opera Chushingura brought a new dimension to this three-hundred-year-old story. - Eiko on Stage
To love autumn as it wants to be loved, to meet it with equal intensity, would kill you. It would break you like a derailed trolley car. An explosion and gold dust falling into your wounds, a warm rain becoming specific. I watched her gold fingers skim my belly. She would lick each stitch and count them with her tongue. She would trace gutters in my legs with her mouth. Maybe I moaned. — Kate Braverman, from "The Incantation of Frida K."