Blue Moon Over Memphis, 2017 Tour
2017-01-15 15:00

Two upcoming 2017 performances of Blue Moon Over Memphis:


Williams College
Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 2pm
CenterStage, '62 Center
Williams College tickets available here!


Earlham College
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Goddard Auditorium
Earlham College tickets available here!




Blue Moon Over Memphis is a noh about one of the first global celebrity casualties, Elvis Presley.

It is also an indictment of the cult of celebrity.


As Elvis turned the music culture of his youth into a commercial product, the entertainment industry turned him into a product. The Elvis brand became the model for leading promising entertainers to the slaughter. A star’s rise and fall became an essential part of our construction of fame, and we came to believe in the necessity of the star’s self-destruction.

Noh is the pathway that leads us from Elvis the brand to a meditation on the relationship between celebrity and humanity. Space and time expand and collapse to allow us to be in the presence of Elvis ~ not as a costumed impersonation, but as an eloquent, complicated, beautiful soul.

Playwright Deborah Brevoort’s text eschews the easy irony that so often characterizes our encounters with Elvis. The poetic brevity of her script and the gravity of noh, featuring a musical score by composer Richard Emmert, leave us in stunned silence, inviting us to look past the pervasive cynicism of our age to perceive a new, humane way of thinking about one of twentieth-century America’s most unforgettable figures.

Blue Moon Over Memphis was developed in part with assistance from the Orchard Project, a program of The Exchange. The performances at Williams and Earlham College made possible by the kind support of the Japan Foundation New York.


Zahdi Dates and Poppies
2016-01-24 16:32

On March 25 ~ 31, 2016, the BU Arts Initiative-Office of the Provost, the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, the Center for the Study of Asia, and the CAS Department of English will host a five-day residency leading up to the world premiere performance of Zahdi Dates and Poppies as well as the English-language adaptation of the Japanese classic Sumidagawa (Sumida River.)



Sumida River and Zahdi Dates and Poppies


Schedule of Events
(All events listed below are free of charge)
Friday, March 25th
Noh Music Performance/Discussion: 12 – 1 p.m. / Studio 167 -College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Ave. RSVP
Hosted by Marié Abe, Assistant Professor – Musicology, Ethnomusicology

Noh Movement Workshop: 4 – 6 p.m. / Studio 109 – College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Ave.
(Space Limited – RSVP will open to the public in February if space is available)
Hosted by Tamala Bakkensen, Lecturer – Movement

Saturday, March 26th
Lecture and Demonstration of Noh and Kyogen Performance Styles: 2 – 3:30 p.m. / Concert Hall – College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Ave. / RSVP

Monday, March 28th
Playwriting Workshop – Noh Style: 7 – 9 p.m. / Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave. / RSVP
Hosted by Jacob Strautmann, Lecturer & Kate Snodgrass, Professor of Practice

Wednesday, March 30th
Performance – Sumida River and Zahdi Dates and Poppies – with post performance panel discussion on Trauma & the Arts: 6:30 p.m. / Tsai Performance Center – 685 Commonwealth Ave. / RSVP

Thursday, March 31st
• Performance (High School) Zahdi Dates and Poppies: 10 a.m. / Tsai Performance Center – 685 Commonwealth Ave. / SOLD OUT
• Performance – Sumida River and Zahdi Dates and Poppies: 7 p.m. / Tsai Performance Center – 685 Commonwealth Ave. / RSVP

THE PLAYS
Zahdi Dates and Poppies (World Premiere) is a contemporary, masked, lyric, dance piece written by Carrie Preston, scored by David Crandall, and directed by Jubilith Moore in the noh style. This moving work adapts the poetic, musical, and performance styles of the ancient Japanese noh theater to explore a timeless concern: the impact of war on those who do the killing and their families. A US Marine fighter pilot is haunted by an insurgent he killed on a bombing raid in Zaidon, Iraq—a raid that also saved the life of a fellow Marine marksman. The pilot’s wife, despite her own deep antipathy to war, tries to support him as he struggles with the nightmares of combat trauma. Appearing in the pilot’s dreams, the ghost of the Iraqi insurgent mourns the loss of his life and the companionship of his own wife before achieving the release of forgiveness. While based on noh performance techniques, Zahdi Dates and Poppies expands the traditional idiom with flexible structure, innovative mask, costume and lighting design, and modified music and choreography that create a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.

Sumida River is an English-language translation and performance adaptation of Sumidagawa, one of the most popular and affecting pieces in the traditional noh repertory. Adapted and directed by Theatre Nohgaku’s Artistic Director Richard Emmert, it explores the deep bond between mother and child and the tragedy of loss. A ferryman on the Sumida River is about to take a traveler across, but they decide to wait for a madwoman following close behind. The woman arrives and tells how she is looking for her son who has been taken by slave traders. As they cross, they notice a crowd on the opposite bank conducting a Buddhist memorial service. The ferryman tells how a boy died a year earlier after having been left behind by slave traders. The woman realizes that the boy was her own son. The ferryman takes her to the grave. When she begins to recite prayers, the boy’s voice is heard from inside the grave. His ghost then appears to her but when she reaches out to touch him, he slips back into the grave and disappears, leaving only “sadness and sorrow.” This production features the main character in full noh costume and mask, and closely follows traditional performance practice to provide English-speaking audiences with an accessible glimpse into the world of noh, a stage art that has been continuously performed for more than 650 years.


Where Rivers Meet: Tickets Available
2015-09-18 15:18

Tickets now available!

This fall in South Texas, three rivers converge. . .

Where Rivers Meet is a performance and education project that project culminates in a world première: a triple bill of the Japanese noh play Sumida River; Song of the Yanaguana River, by 2015 Poet Laureate of Texas Carmen Tafolla; and Benjamin Britten’s one-act opera Curlew River. Join us for the performances and for all that leads up to them. . .

Before the Performances

EXHIBIT
•Through November 8, Marie Swartz Art Resource Center, Central Library, San Antonio – Arts of Noh: An Exhibit for Where Rivers Meet

LECTURE
•September 3 (Thursday), 6:30 p.m., Chiego Lecture Hall, McNay Art Museum Operatic Japan: From Noh Theater to Madama Butterfly (with Dr. Kevin Salfen and Jubilith Moore), cosponsored by Opera San Antonio

FILM SERIES: Water Masks, Water Songs
•September 29 (Tuesday), 6:15-8:45 p.m., Central Library, San AntonioA River Runs through It; introductory talk by Dr. Jeff Crane (UIW)

•October 4 (Sunday), 2-5 p.m., Prassel Auditorium, Witte MuseumThe Unforeseen; panel discussion moderated by Dr. Jeff Crane (UIW), cosponsored by Green Spaces Alliance

•October 23 (Friday), 5:00-7:30 p.m., UC Auditorium, UTSANight Mail and Beau travail (double feature); introductory talk by Dr. Kevin Salfen (UIW); cosponsored by Opera San Antonio

•October 24 (Saturday), 3:00 p.m., DoSeumPonyo; associated interactive events for children and parents led by Jubilith Moore and master mask-maker Hideta Kitazawa, cosponsored by St. Luke’s School

•October 25 (Sunday), 2-5 p.m., Auditorium, Longwith Radio, Television, and Film Building, San Antonio CollegeThe Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail and Late Spring, (double feature); introductory talk by Dr. Linda Ehrlich (Case Western Reserve University)

•October 30 (Friday), 6:00-9:30 p.m. Rosenberg Sky Room, UIWThe River; dinner, guest lecture by Dr. Linda Ehrlich (Reservations required; please visit our website), cosponsored by Asian Studies, UIW

October 29-November 1: Where Rivers Meet Symposium (UIW)
•October 29 (Thursday), 7:30 p.m., Concert hosted by Composers Alliance of San Antonio
•For full symposium schedule, including sessions on the making of Song of the Yanaguana River with Carmen Tafolla and costume designer Margaret Mitchell, visit the UIW website.

THE PERFORMANCES

•November 3 (Tuesday), 7:30 p.m., Dougherty Arts Center, Austin
•November 5 (Thursday), 7:30 p.m., University of the Incarnate Word
•November 6 (Friday), 7:30 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
•November 8 (Sunday), 3:00 p.m., Asia Society Texas Center, Houston

For tickets and a full schedule of educational events leading up to performances, please visit the UIW website.

Where Rivers Meet is a co-production of the University of the Incarnate Word, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and School, and Theatre Nohgaku.


WRM: Call for Papers
2015-05-25 10:56

Call for Papers:
"Where Rivers Meet: A Symposium"

We invite paper proposals related to any of this project's major themes:

• Noh theater outside Japan and the influence of noh on other forms
• Benjamin Britten and Asian music
• The work of Carmen Tafolla
• Poetic, dramatic, historical, and artistic works related to water
• Art, grief, and spirituality

Where Rivers Meet is an international performance and education project that culminates in a triple bill: Sumidagawa, the classic noh play in Richard Emmert's English-language performing version; Song of the Yanaguana River, a new kyogen-inspired interlude by 2015 Poet Laureate of Texas Carmen Tafolla; and Curlew River, William Plomer and Benjamin Britten's church opera written in response to Sumidagawa.

The symposium for Where Rivers Meet will be held Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. The symposium will include: concert performances of Britten's music; film screenings; sessions on the creation of Song of the Yanaguana River, on noh masks and costumes, and on spiritual and environmental aspects of the three works; an opportunity to attend a dress rehearsal of the performance and to interact with the international artists involved in the project. One of the main purposes of the symposium is to foster communication and promote collaboration across boundaries of language, culture, academic discipline, and professional training.

We invite paper proposals related to any of the project's major themes:

• Noh theater outside Japan and the influence of noh on other forms
• Benjamin Britten and Asian music
• The work of Carmen Tafolla
• Poetic, dramatic, historical, and artistic works related to water
• Art, grief, and spirituality
 
Please submit a 250-word abstract, 100-word bio, and curriculum vitae or resume to Dr. Kevin Salfen (salfen@uiwtx.edu) by June 30, 2015. Presenters will be notified about the status of their proposals by July 31, 2015.

"Where Rivers Meet" is a co-production of the University of the Incarnate Word, Theatre Nohgaku, and St. Luke's Episcopal Church and School.
 
Find us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/WhereRiversMeet2015

And see "Arts of Noh: An Exhibit for 'Where Rivers Meet'," featuring thirteen noh masks by master artisan Hideta Kitazawa, on display now through Nov. 8, 2015, at the Central Library, San Antonio (600 Soledad; San Antonio, TX 78205)


Where Rivers Meet
2015-01-05 16:51

Three works combine in the Where Rivers Meet, connecting time and place from ancient Japan to contemporary America: Sumida River, Song of the Yanaguana River and Curlew River.

Where Rivers Meet is a performance and education project that brings together the international and the local, with Japanese theatre arts as the primary source of inspiration. This aspirational project will culminate in a world première: a triple bill of the noh play Sumida River; a kyogen inspired interlude by Carmen Trafolla, San Antonio's Poet Laureate Emerita and 2015 Poet Laureate of Texas; and Benjamin Britten’s noh-influenced opera Curlew River. Where Rivers Meet will be performed four times: at the Dougherty Arts Center, Austin (Nov 3); at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio (Nov 5); at St. Luke's Episcopal Church and School, (Nov 6); and at the Asia Society Texas Center, Houston (Nov 8). A robust series of educational events--workshops, public lectures and demonstrations, an exhibition of noh-related items at San Antonio's Central Library, a symposium, and a film series--will lead up to the performances.


Blue Moon Over Memphis
2014-08-05 20:13

On August 9, 2014 at 4 pm Theatre Nohgaku will present Blue Moon Over Memphis at the Alvina Krause Theatre, Bloomsburg PA. This work-in-progress performance is free to the public.

With libretto by New Dramatists alumna Deborah Brevoort, and noh music by Theatre Nohgaku artistic director Richard Emmert, Blue Moon Over Memphis is a stark and beautiful meditation on fame, loss and loneliness. A woman makes a pilgrimage to Graceland on the anniversary of Elvis’s death, but is forced to wait outside the gates. A mysterious man lets her into the Meditation Garden where Elvis is buried, and there, under the light of a blue moon, she encounters a spirit.

Please join us as we break new ground in the short history of English-language noh.
The mythic power of Elvis comes to life through the medium of a traditionally influenced mask, and luxurious costumes recently commissioned from master craftsman in Japan and making their first appearance in the United States.

Blue Moon Over Memphis was developed, in part, with assistance from the Orchard Project, a program of The Exchange.


2014 Workshop Announcement
2013-09-28 14:27

能装束の内と外〜制作から着付けまでのワークショプ

日本の最高の染織品とされる能装束は、通常、舞台上か博物館で観賞する機会しかありませんが、ワークショップではさまざまな染織技法を実際に試し、装束の作りや種類を理解し、装束の着付けを能楽堂において実体験できる貴重な機会です。

 ワークショップの前半はモニカ・ベーテの指導により京都において、織、刺繍、箔、修復の工房をたずね、能装束の基本的な製作の技法について講義と実習から学びます。また能装束の種類や歴史的な発展についても考察します。ワークショップの後半は福山市の大島能楽堂(喜多流)で行い、申し合わせでの楽屋における着付けや能の公演を鑑賞し、最後は大島家の能楽師(玄人)より装束の着付けを習い、実際に着付けの練習をします。

 すでに能の知識や経験がある人、染織に関心のある人、舞台藝能に携わる人、新作の為に装束を制作したい人など、いろいろな専門分野の方のためのワークショップですが、能楽や染織に関して初心者の方も受講が可能です。

講師紹介:モニカ・ベーテ 中世日本研究所所長。能楽、染織研究の第一人者。能楽及び染織に関する論文など著書多数。

主催者 Theater Nohgaku, 大島能楽堂

場 所 京都:中世日本研究所(京都市上京区寺町通今出川上る鶴山町)
    福山:大島能楽堂(広島県福山市光南町)

日 程 2014年6月11日〜17日
    京都:研修11~13日
    福山:申し合わせや能公演14~15日、着付け練習16~17日

参加費 10万円 (講義、公演、見学、材料、資料代を含む) 旅費・滞在費は各自負担。
    * 申込及び参加費払込締切 4月30日
    * 京都のみの参加も可(6月11日〜13日、参加費3万8千円)
     (申込、振込先など詳細はいづれかの問合せ先へご連絡ください)

言 語 英語/日本語
問合せ:Theater Nohgaku 中世日本研究所 Tel/Fax. 075-212-1206
REGISTRATION INFORMATION

2014 Workshop Series

In 1917 Irish poet William Butler Yeats published At the Hawk’s Well. Often referred to as a "noh play", Yeats's noh-influenced work served to introduce this powerful and evocative form to Western audiences.

Since 2003 Theatre Nohgaku has hosted workshops for poets, playwrights and other writers, as well as musicians and performance artists to help them better understand Japanese noh, to assist them in using noh in their own artistic pursuits, as well as to help develop new material for future Theatre Nohgaku performances.

Through generous financial and in-kind contributions by the Asian Cultural Council, the National Noh Theater of Japan, Princeton University, New Dramatists, CalArts, Musashino University, The Studio Theatre and Southern Methodist University, Theatre Nohgaku has been able to present workshops annually and offer an opportunity for English-speaking participants to gain greater knowledge of noh's component arts.

We invite you to join us for any or all of our 2014 Workshop series.


The Music of Noh: Sound and Silence

The Music of Noh: Sound and Silence provides the student with the opportunity, rare in the US, to delve deeper into the music of noh. Topics will include: the structure of different shodan (the musico-poetic units of noh); the intricate relationship between utai (chant) and hayashi (nohkan, kotsuzumi, otsuzumi and taiko); each instrument’s role in noh; how the instrumental parts form a musical whole. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to explore the use of noh’s musical structures in the composition of new works.

Morning sessions consist of lectures, discussions and demonstrations led by certified Kita-ryû instructor and Professor of Asian Theater (Musashino University, Tokyo) Richard Emmert. Participants will have hands-on lessons with the different noh instruments in the afternoons. Prior musical experience is not necessary, and the workshop is open to all who want a deeper understanding of the musical structures of noh. This workshop will especially benefit playwrights working with music, spoken-word poets and composers looking to use noh-related music in theater pieces.

The workshop is limited to 12 participants. Early registration is encouraged.

Music Workshop -
WHAT: The Music of Noh: Sound and Silence
WHEN: March 19-22, 2014.
TUITION: $350
WHERE: Hosted by The University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio TX

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due by February 1, 2014 with the remaining $250 due March 1, 2014.

Tuition includes:
* Participation fee
* Materials for seminars

Tuition does NOT include:
*Transportation, accommodation or daily expenses

For more information, or to register, please contact:

[OR - workshops "at" theatrenohgaku "dot" org]


Writing New Noh: Architectures of Poetry and Time

Writing New Noh: Architectures of Poetry and Time centers on the structure and character of noh’s written texts. Rich in poetic expression and profoundly moving, noh’s poetic style can become an ideal armature for contemporary creative works of theatre, poetry and song. The workshop introduces noh's complex layering of spoken text, sung text, instrumental accompaniment and as an impetus to participants’ own creative work. Past workshop attendees have included award-winning playwrights Erik Ehn, Ruth Margraff and Deborah Brevoort, composer/lyricist Eric Schorr, and poet Lee Ann Brown.

This year's workshop includes three days of seminars led by composer/playwright and former Hosho-ryu professional David Crandall. Discussions focus on the form of typical noh plays, including aspects of musical and literary structure as well as noh’s wealth of historic and poetic references. Subsequent discussions focus on the unique challenges of adapting and writing noh for the English language. Participants will complete writing assignments, some of which the instructor will set to music for demonstration purposes in class.

Writer's Workshop -
WHAT: Writing New Noh: Architectures of Poetry and Time
WHERE: Theatre of Yugen @NOHspace, San Francisco CA
WHEN: April 18-20, 2014
COST: $300

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due by February 1, 2014 with the remaining $200 due April 1, 2014.

Tuition includes:
* Participation fee
* Materials for seminars

Tuition does NOT include:
*Transportation, accommodation or daily expenses

Questions?
For more information and how to register, please contact us:

[OR - workshops "at" theatrenohgaku "dot" org]


Japanese Textiles and the Art of Sculpting Kimono

In association with the Oshima Noh Theatre, Theatre Nohgaku is pleased to announce the third noh costuming workshop in Kyoto and Fukuyama, Japan. Lectures and guided tours in Kyoto will be well-known author, scholar and practioner of noh, Monica Bethe.

The Kyoto component of this workshop will include detailed lectures (in English) on Japanese textiles and costuming as well as guided tours to craftsman and artisan workshops. Although the final schedule is subject to change based on the availability of individual Kyoto artisans, past workshops have featured a visit to the Sasaki noh factory (featuring Meiji-era jacquard looms weaving hand-dyed silk), gold leaf artisans, embroiderers, kimono restorers and dye shops.

After meeting and observing these highly skilled artisans at their work in Kyoto, participants will travel to Fukuyama and attend a noh rehearsal at the Oshima Noh Theatre, and will receive hands-on instruction by professional noh actors in the traditional choreographed process of dressing and being dressed in authentic noh costumes. The limited number of attendees insures that everyone will have ample opportunity to experience first-hand the richness and complexity of this time-honored art.

Professional actors of the Oshima noh family (including noh actress Kinue Oshima and noh actor Teruhisa Oshima) will guide participants in active demonstration of many costumes, their functions and proper use. Also participating will be author, Kita-ryû instructor and Theatre Nohgaku Artistic Director, Richard Emmert.

The workshop is limited to 10 participants. Early registration highly recommended.

WHAT: Noh Costume Workshop – Japanese Textiles and the Art of Sculpting Kimono
WHERE: Kyoto & Fukuyama Japan
WHEN: June 10 – 18, 2014
COST: US$950 ($300 deposit via PayPal due March 1, remainder due April 15)
Special Rate - $800 for deposit by January 15, 2014

Questions?
For more information and how to register, please contact:

[OR - workshops "at" theatrenohgaku "dot" org]


Fees includes all lectures, applicable performances, workshop attendance and various other workshop-related activities.

Travel, ground-transport, lodging and food are not included, but assistance will be available for arranging hotel accommodations and ground-transport (within Japan).


2013 Writers Workshop
2013-06-10 21:47

THEATRE NOHGAKU 2013 WRITER'S WORKSHOP

July 12 - 14, 2013. Hosted at the 92nd St Y, New York, NY

Since 2003, Theatre Nohgaku has hosted workshops for poets, playwrights, musicians and performers to help them better understand Japanese noh and to assist them in using noh in their own artistic pursuits.

The Writer’s Workshop will familiarize participants with the structure and character of noh, a 600-year-old traditional stage art of Japan. By guiding participants toward the writing of their own noh plays, TN is fulfilling its mission as a multi-national theatre company that champions the creation of new English-language noh.

In 2006, TN completed a southeast U.S. tour of Pine Barrens, a product of a previous workshop written by TN member Greg Giovanni. In 2009 and 2011, the company toured Pagoda in Europe and Asia respectively, a play written by past participant Janette Cheong. TN is expanding the canon of English noh by introducing noh's complex structural layering of spoken text, sung text, musical accompaniment and dance to today's inspired writers. Past participants have included award-winning artists such as playwrights Erik Ehn, Ruth Margraff and Deborah Brevoort, composer/lyricist Eric Schorr, and poet Lee Ann Brown.


This year's workshop includes three days of seminars led by composer/playwright and former Hosho-ryu professional David Crandall. Discussions focus on the function and form of typical noh plays, including aspects of musical and literary structure as well as historic/poetic referencing. Subsequent discussions focus on the unique challenges of adapting and writing noh for the English language. Participants will be invited to complete writing assignments, some of which the instructor will set to music for demonstration purposes in class.

The workshop is limited to 12 participants.

WHAT: Theatre Nohgaku Writer’s Workshop
WHERE: 92nd St Y, New York, NY
WHEN: July 12 - 14
COST: $275


Questions?
For more information and how to register, please contact Jubilith Moore:

[jubilith "at" theatreofyugen.org]



TN_newsletter_Vol7_nos3-4
2013-03-16 12:20

TN Newsletter Vol. 7 Nos. 3-4:

In this issue:

Time-Slipping
in the Poconos
Jonah Salz

"The Look of the Feel"
Michael Gardiner

Handcrafted:
the 2012 Costume Workshop
David Surtasky

Noh in Books & on Film
Kevin Salfen



2013 Costume Workshop Announcement
2012-10-11 12:30

Although the 2013 Costume Workshop is over, please have a look at our blog. The blog contains day-to-day information, reflections, reviews and lots of nice images. Please enjoy!

Announcing our 2013 Noh Costuming Workshop: June 12-18, 2013, in Kyoto and Fukuyama, Japan. Following a highly successful 2012 premiere, our workshop will include:

Comprehensive lectures (in English) on costuming in noh; guided tours to textile and other facilities, the opportunity to meet and observe highly skilled artisans at their work; an invitation to attend a noh rehearsal (moshiawase,) as well as hands-on instruction in the traditional choreographed process of dressing and being dressed in authentic noh costumes conducted by professional noh actors.

Leading the lectures and guided tours in Kyoto will be well-known author, scholar and practitioner of noh, Monica Bethe. In Fukuyama, professional actors of the Oshima Noh family (including noh actress Kinue Oshima) will guide participants in hands-on demonstration of the many costumes, their functions and proper use. Also participating will be author, long-time practitioner and Theatre Nohgaku founding artistic director, Richard Emmert.

To see more photos and hear stories about our 2012 workshop, please visit our blog:

Quick Facts:

Theatre Nohgaku Noh Costuming Workshop

Location:

Kyoto and Fukuyama, Japan

Dates:

June 12-18, 2013 (arrival June 11, departure June 19)

Price

¥85,000 or US $1100 (US $1135 if by PayPal) includes all lectures, performances, workshops and various other workshop-related activities. Travel, lodging and food are not included, but assistance will be available for arranging hotel accommodations and ground-transport (within Japan.)

To register, or for more information about the workshop (including cost estimates of workshop-related lodging and travel in Japan, etc.,) please contact Tom O'Connor at