The World Premiere of John O'Keefe's Mystical Abyss directed by Theatre of Yugen's Founder Yuriko Doi is coming to ODC Theater, September 27-30, 2012
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Part dance, part theatre, part CG animation, Mystical Abyss is a visually striking live performance piece infused with the potent elegance of Noh theatre and the raw athleticism of modern dance. Mystical Abyss features venerable performers from the traditional Noh theatre of Japan and the Native American performance traditions, set against a stellar backdrop of computer graphic animation projecting symbols of the ancient Japanese Jomon culture and other world-wide symbols of ancient power.
This original multidisciplinary theatre work is inspired by the creation myths of the Japanese Goddesses Amaterasu (Sun Goddess) and Izanami (Goddess of Creation and Death) and the Iroquois Sky Woman. Fusing Native American storytelling, dance and music, centuries old traditional Japanese Noh theatre and contemporary Japanese animation art, Mystical Abyss evokes powerful images of unity across different generations, cultures and traditions with the cyclical story of death and rebirth.
Join us on Opening Night for a Gala celebrating the culmination of Yuriko Doi's 34-year career of creating fusion theatre in San Francisco. Stay after the performance and enjoy a toast and reception with the cast and crew!
Come Early or Stay Late! Enjoy a Craft Afternoon with Theatre of Yugen
After the matinee and before the evening show on Saturday, 4:30 - 6:30 pm,
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art staff invites you to participate in Japan: From Silkworm to Kimono, a hands-on activity deeply rooted in ancient Japanese culture and textile traditions, a portion of their Education Program workshop. Modifying the authentic shibori technique by using the simplest of household tools and equipment, you will make your own indigo resist-dyed cotton cloth to take home. Also handle some of the raw materials that are used to make cloth: cotton, silk, silkworms' cocoons, natural plant dyes, and even try on traditional articles of clothing. Come experiment! Written by John O'Keefe (USA)
Directed by Yuriko Doi (USA)
Choreography by Shiro Nomura and Jesus Jacoh Cortes
Musical Direction by Narumi Takizawa
Composed by Narumi Takizawa and Kenny Perkins
Animation by Taketo Kobayashi and Koya Takahashi
Lighting Design by Stephen Siegel
Costume Design by Risa Lenore Dye
Performed by Janelle Ayon, Jesus Jacoh Cortes, Jubilith Moore, Cuauhtemoc Peranda, Kenny Perkins, Lluis Valls, and the Noh Music and Dance Ensemble with Masashi Nomura, Narumi Takizawa, and Yoshio Ueno