Japanese 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.
Admission: $10 (General) / $5 (Students)
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.
Upcoming Fall 2015 Performances
French artists Caroline Borderies and Christian Barthod interpret classical Asian tales with French flair, reviving this cross-cultural form. More details will follow.
Admission: $10 (General) / $5 (Students, Seniors) / FREE (Kids 12 and under)
Trick or Treat: Shadow Puppet Making
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 1:30-3:30 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel
Admission: $5 (General, Students, Seniors) / FREE (Kids 12 and under)