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|Sat 29 Jul|
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WB Yeats, Lafcadio Hearn & KyogenJapan's classical theatrical repertoire of Noh and kyogen, developed together in the 14th century and are collectively referred to as Nohgaku. While Noh plays generally deal with serious or tragic matters, kyogen plays in contrast, are generally comical or farcical, performed most frequently between individual Noh plays. Noh's subjects are taken from history, mythology and classical literature while the actual plays are choreographed between song and dance. It is a highly stylized form of drama, performed on a simple, minimalist stage. Kyogen, with laughter at its center, presents what the common people encounter in their daily lives on the same simple stage as Noh with the simplest possible stage setting. Occasionally, kyogen plays also deal with folk tales as their subject matter.
The Shigeyama Sengoro Family, Okura School of Kyogen is one of the most prestigious kyogen families in Japan. Located in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto, they have toured throughout Japan as well as internationally. In 2016, Masakuni Shigeyama who will play the Blind Beggar in The Cat and the Moon, succeeded his late grandfather, a designated National Treasure, and his father, by adopting the formal stage name of Sengoro XIV. A performance in Ireland is a fitting tribute to the succession of this family's cultural heritage as well as a show of deep respect for W. B. Yeats' theatrical genius. kyotokyogen.com
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