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Friday, Sept. 9, 2005
Theatre of Yugen
For this unique collaboration, Yuriko Doi, the director of the San Francisco-based company Theatre of Yugen, brings together the ancient traditions of Japanese Noh theater with Native American performers in Erik Ehn's "Moon of the Scarlet Plums."
While the lead role is played by a Japanese noh artist, the other cast members are Native Americans who both dance and play instruments. For Doi, there is much in common between the two cultures in terms of tradition and ritual, such as a reverence for ancestors.
In this story, based on the life of the 19th-century Lacota Sioux chief Crazy Horse (Masashi Nomura), one central theme is the loss of traditional identity, a loss felt by both Japanese and Native Americans.
The play is performed in both Japanese and English with Japanese subtitles. "Moon of the Scarlet Plums" runs till Sept. 11 at the Theater X, a 3-minute walk from JR Ryogoku Station. For more details, call Theater X at (03) 5624-1181 or see www.theaterx.jp