Akira Takayama
Our Songs

  • Concert
  • Performance

According to official figures, the city of Frankfurt is home to people from 178 nations. And yet the number of languages and dialects spoken and sung in the city is even higher. For “Our Songs”, Japanese director Akira Takayama invites people from across the region to share songs, poems and stories from the past with the audience in their own languages. For one afternoon in this world premiere of the Frankfurt version, the Great Hall of the Alte Oper is transformed into a traditional Japanese Kabuki stage: a long, raised walkway leads the participants one by one across the auditorium to the stage, where they give voice to the city and sing, speak and recite for all those who cannot be here (anymore).

Entrance and exit are possible at any time during the performance, which will last for several hours.



A production by Akira Takayama in co-production with Alte Oper Frankfurt and Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm. A project within the framework of Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser, funded by der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien and supported by the Hessische Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst as part of the intergenerational outreach initiative ALL IN – FÜR PUBLIKUM JEDEN ALTERS.