It's all as stylised and traditional as a Noh play
I developed a project--a kind of proposition for a piece of theatre--which overlaid the narrative of a Japanese Noh play
, Eboshi-ori, and the narrative of the evolution of Moore's sculpture.
Co-produced by American Opera Projects (producer and commissioner of new operas since 1988) and BAM, and co-developed with ICS (whose artistic director is multi-award-winning flutist Claire Chase), this version of the Noh play
"Hagoromo" is Michalek's inspired response to reading a translation of it by American poet Ezra Pound.
This is the overture to the Noh play
on which the opera is based.
Atypical Noh play
is thus focused on one single character, that is, the shite, with the whole plot revolving around one single important episode or event in his or her life, hence a small cast of characters and a highly condensed and unified dramatic structure.
Taking up the sixteenth-century Japanese Noh play
Eboshi-ori (a tale of disguise and falsification of identity) as a narrative armature, Starling's installation weaves a mesmerizing tale of art, science, popular culture, and Cold War geopolitics with a cast of characters variously obvious (Moore, Fermi), surprising (uranium-mining magnate/art collector Joseph H.
It includes a rare performance of Noh Grandmasters from the Kanze and Komparu Schools of Noh who will dance their school's interpretation of a Shimai (Noh Dance) from the Noh play
Hagoromo (The Robe of Feathers).
7) As Miyake, Kodama, and Teele put it, Kume's performance was crucial for Pound in order "to realize that a Noh play
is not merely good Imagist poetry, but an opera.
It was followed by Britten's Curlew River, which can roughly be described as a Japanese Noh play
transmuted to a Fenland abbey.
Noh's reflective concentration of serious subject matter is broken by the levity of the comic kyogen interlude that often divides the two acts of a Noh play
Space is at a premium in Tokyo and greenrooms almost non-existent; the black-suited, white-shirred salarymen may have thought that four of the principals were rehearsing and the fifth timing a scene from a play--a Noh play
, maybe, whose purpose is to persuade the audience to accept the inevitability of death.
The importance of Noh drama to Ezra Pound's poetry, and especially to his Cantos, has long been acknowledged and has previously been approached from a variety of perspectives: focusing on the sources and accuracy of the translations in 'Noh' Or Accomplishment; debating the degree of Pound's understanding of the genre and the individual plays; tracing the references to specific Noh plays
in the Cantos; and even arguing that the Cantos is structured around the organizing principles of Noh drama and that The Pisan Cantos can be read as a Noh play