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Treasured Noh Plays from the Desk of W. B. Yeats

Treasured Noh Plays from the Desk of W. B. Yeats


Kita Noh Theater Company


The Japan Society
New York, NY


Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 7:30pm
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 5:00pm



Kita Noh Theater Company

In the early 20th century, poet W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) became highly immersed in the traditional Japanese noh plays translated by American poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972), resulting in a landmark publication of 15 English-language noh plays in 1916. One hundred years later, the distinguished Kita Noh Theater Company, led by Living National Treasure Tomoeda Akiyo, selects titles from this collection and showcases them for New York audiences.


Highlights from various plays in W. B. Yeats' noh collection (Nishikigi, Kumasaka, Tamura, Shojo, Kagekiyo) performed in styles including maibayashi (noh play excerpt performed with a mask and costume), shimai (non-masked performance by an actor with chanters) and subayashi (noh music). This event includes a talk on noh's influence on Yeats and his artist contemporaries by Anthony Sheppard, Professor of Music at Williams College, and a discussion with Living National Treasure Tomoeda Akiyo. In Japanese with English titles.

Buy Tickets: $40/$30 Japan Society members

Full versions of two noh plays from W. B. Yeats' collection are presented, Kayoi Komachi and Shojo-midare. In Japanese with English titles.

Pre-Performance Lecture (Sun., Nov. 20, 4 PM): One hour prior to curtain, noh scholar Dr. Tom Hare, Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, will offer a pre-performance lecture on noh, its history and unique stylization. Open and free for all Program B performance ticket holders.

SOLD OUT: Please call the Box Office on November 1 to inqire about any tickets that may become available.


Photo © Seiichiro Tsujii.

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