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Performances

Performances

 
In 1940, the Tokyo Games failed, undone by a world at war. 

In 1964, the Tokyo Games prevailed, for the good of humanity through all the ages.
In 1940, the Tokyo Games failed, undone by a world at war.  In 1964, the Tokyo Games prevailed, “for the good of humanity through all the ages.”
 

Phoenix Fire (open rehearsal)


Sunday, Jun 9

4:00 PM

両国BEAR

 

In culmination of our week long artist residency at Ryogoku Bear, Theatre Nohgaku is opening the doors for a work-in-progress showing of pieces in development.

On June 9th we will give the first look at TN’s newest noh Phoenix Fire. Written and composed by Kevin Salfen with direction by long-time TN collaborator Akira Matsui and John Oglevee. Phoenix Fire was written in honor of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and it celebrates Japan’s history with the games through an examination of an imagined meeting between acclaimed Japanese filmmaker, and director of the documentary about the Tokyo's 1964 Olympic Games, Kon Ichikawa and Jigoro Kano. Jigoro Kano is the legendary founder of judo and passionate advocate for the cancelled 1940 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Doors will open at 3:30pm and the showing will begin at 4:00pm. Following the showings there will be a short Q&A with the performers. SEATING IS STRICTLY LIMITED; PLEASE BE CERTAIN TO RESERVE A SEAT IN ADVANCE.

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Emily Wilding Davison was a suffragette, famously killed by the King’s Horse at the
Epsom Derby in 1913 after she walked out on to the racecourse. Captured on film,
this act of self-sacrifice has become an iconic moment in British history.
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emily (open rehearsal)


Saturday, Jun 8

4:00 PM

両国BEAR

On June 8th we will present Emily by Ashley Thorpe, directed by Thorpe and Richard Emmert and composed by Emmert. Emily is a new noh, that had a workshop showing in London in 2018. It's about the tragic ending of 20th century English Suffragette pioneer Emily Wilding Davison’s life and the tortured spirit of Herbert Jones who jockeyed the horse that trampled her.

A full production of Emily will be performed in September of this year in London.

Doors will open at 3:30pm and the showing will begin at 4:00pm. Following the showing there will be a short Q&A with the performers. SEATING IS STRICTLY LIMITED; PLEASE BE CERTAIN TO RESERVE A SEAT IN ADVANCE.


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