Performance

Treasured Noh Plays from the Desk of W. B. Yeats
THEATER/TRADITIONAL

Treasured Noh Plays from the Desk of W. B. Yeats

Kita Noh Theater Company

Saturday, November 19, 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 20, 5 PM

Sold Out

Photo © Seiichiro Tsujii.

RELATED PROGRAMS:
Global Encounters through Noh:
A Society-wide Exploration of Noh Theater

FALL EXHIBITION:
Simon Starling: At Twilight
(After W. B. Yeats' Noh Reincarnation)

Oct. 14, 2016—Jan. 15, 2017

 
NOH WORKSHOP
with Kita Noh Theater Company

Sun., Nov. 20, 1 PM
TRADITIONAL THEATER
Program A: Sat., Nov. 19, 7:30 PM (Followed by a Metlife Meet-the-Artists Reception)
Program B: Sun., Nov. 20, 5 PM


In the early 20th century, poet W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) became highly immersed in the traditional Japanese noh plays translated by American poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972), resulting in a landmark publication of 15 English-language noh plays in 1916. One hundred years later, the distinguished Kita Noh Theater Company, led by Living National Treasure Tomoeda Akiyo, selects titles from this collection and showcases them for New York audiences.


PROGRAM A:
Highlights from various plays in W. B. Yeats' noh collection (Nishikigi, Kumasaka, Tamura, Shojo, Kagekiyo) performed in styles including maibayashi (noh play excerpt performed with a mask and costume), shimai (non-masked performance by an actor with chanters) and subayashi (noh music). This event includes a talk on noh's influence on Yeats and his artist contemporaries by Dr. W. Anthony Sheppard, Professor of Music at Williams College, and a discussion with Living National Treasure Tomoeda Akiyo. In Japanese with English titles.

On November 19, Simon Starling: At Twilight will be open until 7:15 PM and free for performance ticket holders. Guided tours of the exhibition will be offered at 6:15 PM and 6:45 PM. Space is limited, and tours will be offered on a first come first served basis.

SOLD OUT. A waitlist will begin at the Box Office one hour prior to the event.

Tickets: $40/$30 Japan Society members

  PROGRAM B:
Full versions of two noh plays from W. B. Yeats' collection are presented, Kayoi Komachi and Shojo-midare. In Japanese with English titles.

Pre-Performance Lecture (Sun., Nov. 20, 4 PM): One hour prior to curtain, noh scholar Dr. Tom Hare, Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, will offer a pre-performance lecture on noh, its history and unique stylization. Open and free for all Program B performance ticket holders.

SOLD OUT. A waitlist will begin at the Box Office one hour prior to the event.

Tickets: $60/$50 Japan Society members


Box Office Policy

Treasured Noh Plays from the Desk of W. B. Yeats is supported by The Japan Foundation and Arts Council Tokyo.

      

MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception
support is provided by Metlife Foundation.

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