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Kotei (The Emperor) | Makura Jido (Chrysanthemum Boy)

Traditional Noh Theater

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December 1—3, 2022
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Kotei (The Emperor)

Thursday December 1 7:30 pm local_activity
Saturday December 3 7:30 pm

Makura Jido (Chrysanthemum Boy)

Friday December 2 7:30 pm contact_support

local_activity Followed by a ticketed soirée
contact_support Followed by an artist Q&A

Prominent members from the Kita Noh School, including Akiyo Tomoeda, Living National Treasure designated by the Japanese government, perform two works from noh theater’s classical repertoire: Kotei (The Emperor) and Makura Jido (Chrysanthemum Boy)—two pieces meant to be a prayer to hasten the end of the pandemic and celebrate health and longevity. Set in the Tang Dynasty in China, Kotei tells the story of the deity Shoki, who rescues the ailing Empress Yang Guifei and pledges his allegiance to Emperor Xuanzong. Also set in China, Makura Jido is about a boy who has joyfully lived for 700 years by drinking an immortal elixir from the dew of a chrysanthemum leaf. The boy reveals that the dew has created a pool in the valley, which has become the headspring for medicinal water.

Performed in Japanese with English supertitles.

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Performance + Soirée Tickets: $95 / $76 members
Performance Only Tickets: $72 / $58 members

A pre-performance lecture by Princeton University Professor Thomas Hare begins one hour prior to the start of each show.

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Image: Makura Jido © Yutaka Ishida

Kotei | Makura Jido is supported by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council, and Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture).


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2022-23 Performing Arts Season Support

Lead Sponsor

MetLife Foundation

The season is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural AffairsNew York State Council on the Arts

Major support is generously provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Doug and Teresa Peterson. Endowment support is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with a leadership gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Howard Gilman Foundation

Additional support is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Dr. Jeanette C. Takamura, Estate of Alan M. Suhonen, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Nancy and Joe Walker, Dr. John K. Gillespie, Paula S. Lawrence, Hiroko Onoyama, Lyndley and Samuel Schwab, and Nora and David Tezanos.

Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. Yamaha is the official piano provider of Japan Society. MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception is provided by MetLife Foundation.

All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and Shiseido Americas. Additional support for cultural programs is provided by an anonymous donor and the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.