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Past Performances | Spring 2015

noh playJapanese Noh Play: Virgin Mary of Nagasaki
Friday, May 15, 2015, 1PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

The performance will be followed by a conversation with Kanji Shimizu and Professor Izumi Ashizawa (Stony Brook Department of Theatre Arts)

Noh theater is a vital form of Japanese classical drama that dates back to the ninth century. Renowned Noh master Kanji Shimizu brings this ancient form to life in a strikingly contemporary fashion in this piece based on Tomio Tada’s Virgin Mary of Nagasaki, a play that revolves around the atomic bombing of the city. Following the performance, Shimizu talks about the stylistic and technical aspects of acting in Noh, such as posture and projection, and will reflect on the continuing relevance of this rich form.

Co-produced by SBU Theatre Arts Department and supported by Professor Izumi Ashizawa’s Presidential Guest Artist Grant.

About the Performer:
Kanji Shimizu is a master teacher of Noh at Okinawa City Art University in Japan. He is trained in traditional Noh, yet also explores its experimental possibilities. Shimizu has performed at Lublin Music Festival in Poland, Kerala State Performance Festival in India and the Japan Society in New York City.



sufi performanceSufi Songs of Love
by Amir Vahab and Ensemble
Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 7PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Described by The New York Times as an “ambassador for a silenced music,” Amir Vahab is one of New York City’s most commemorated deliverers of Sufi music and poetry. The ensemble, formed by Amir Vahab in 1981, seeks to bridge an understanding between different cultures in the world through the embodiment of the mystical magic that is Sufi poetry. Amir Vahab's music is rooted in tradition, but has been influenced by contemporary sounds; like Amir himself, his music symbolizes diversity-in-unity. He aims to transport the listener into a spiritual existence in 13th century Persia through his performance: "Sufi Songs of Love"selected from the poetry of the great Sufi Masters Rumi, Hafiz and Yunus.

The lively folk and traditional music features the ethereal sounding ney (mystical reed flute), tar (instrument of lovers), oud (the short neck lute), tanbour (ancient sacred lute), saz (seven-stringed long neck lute), daf (large frame drum used for Sufi rituals), and tombak (Persian goblet drum). The concert concludes with a dynamic drumming performance that echoes the universal heartbeat of existence. Join us at the Wang Center for a night of magic you will never forget.



Past Performances | Fall 2014

puppet performanceTwo Tales from Southeast Asia

by Caroline Borderies
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 4PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Shadow Puppetry, an ancient form of storytelling, is part of the rich theatrical traditions of many Southeast Asian countries. Colonizers and travelers from France encountered this art form in the eighteenth century, and brought it back to Europe with the name ombres chinoises (literally “Chinese shadows,” though the French mainly imitated Indonesian, Thai, and Burmese styles). These ombres chinoises were particularly popular in England and France until the end of the nineteenth century.

French artists Caroline Borderies and Christian Barthod interpret classical Asian tales with French flair, reviving this cross-cultural form. In this program, Borderies and Barthod presented Two Tales:“Aung's Voyage," a Burmese story about a boy who learns the virtues of wisdom, goodness, strength, and knowledge; and "Xieng Mieng Stories," about the popular Thai character Xieng Mieng who uses his quick wits and sly sense of humor to torment and challenge the king. Children will enjoy the playful medium of shadow puppetry, while adults took pleasure in the tremendous artistry and technical skill of Borderies and Barthod.

Complementary Program: Shadow Puppet Making Workshop

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 2:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Acclaimed French artist Caroline Borderies presented an interactive workshop as a complement to her Two Tales from Southeast Asia program. Participants were introduced to the mechanics, techniques, and history of shadow puppetry, and were be prepared for deeper appreciation of Borderies’s performance. 

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life of buddhaThe Life of Buddha

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7 pm
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

This theatrical production The Life of Buddha portrayed the life, journey, and the religious pursuits of the Buddha, also known as Shakyamuni, or Gautama Buddha, including his role as founder of the Buddhist faith. Bringing the Buddha to life on stage in a beautifully poignant and highly captivating interpretation, the play was a must see for all those who are interested in the practice, origins, and evolution of Buddhism.

Scripted and directed by Lushin Dubey and Bubbles Sabharwal of the Theatre World New Delhi, choreography by Santosh Nair, and performed by a group of 14 professional actors, this highly praised production interpreted and illustrated the life of the Buddha and received blessings from the Dalai Lama himself. 

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