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.