An Evening of Japanese Comic Kyogen Theatre
March 17, 2010
Moon viewing, wine, horses, and magic spells: Yamamoto Noritoshi and the Yamamoto Kyogen Company present two traditional kyogen plays: Tsukimizato (blind moon gazing), unique to the Yamamoto school, and Shidohogaku (a horse and a magic spell). Kyogen, which originated as the companion pieces to the noh tragedies in the fourteenth century, are short mimetic skits about the foolish foibles of ordinary people. The simple plots and skillful mime make them easily accessible and highly popular even today. Yamamoto Noritoshi is a member of the Okura School in Tokyo, and has been designated an Intangible Cultural Asset by the Japanese government. The program will have English subtitles. The North American tour of Yamamoto Kyogen is organized and produced by Japan Society of New York, and is supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Wellesley College performance is supported by Wellesley Committee for Lectures and Cultural Events, Wellesley Theater Studies, and Japan Society of Boston.