Satoshi Miyagi / Shizuoka Performing Arts Center’s Mugen Noh Othello
Thursday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception
Friday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Followed by an artist Q&A
Saturday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 14 at 4:00 p.m.
ALL PROGRAMS ARE SOLD OUT (A wait list will begin at the box office one hour prior to the show’s start time)
Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
Admission: $35/$30 Japan Society members
As Part of The Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival and in conjunction with Japan Society’s 110th Anniversary, Japan Society presents Mugen Noh Othello, from internationally known Japanese director Satoshi Miyagi, Artistic Director of Shizuoka Perfuming Arts Center (SPAC), who assumed the position from the legendary director Tadashi Suzuki (SCOT). The production marks the final event in the “NOH-NOW Series,” part of Japan Society’s Fall 2017-Winter 2018 Performing Arts Season.
Miyagi and SPAC return to Japan Society following the 2011 sold-out run of another literary masterpiece, Medea. Mugen Noh Othello is a fantastical production that reimagines Shakespeare’s masterpiece through one of noh theater’s most distinctive storytelling structures, mugen noh. In this classical noh style, a restless spirit returns to recount the regrets of their former life. In Miyagi’s retelling, the ghost is Othello’s wife, Desdemona, who comes back to share her perspective on the tragic events leading up to her death. This production is replete with stunning masks and costumes as well as powerful live music and chanting – elements all used in traditional noh theater. The show will be performed in Japanese with English titles with a running time of approximately 90 minutes.
Miyagi’s work often fuses contemporary interpretations of classical texts, like Shakespeare and ancient Greek plays, with physical techniques and motifs from Asian theater. Since he succeeded Tadashi Suzuki as General Artistic Director of SPAC in April 2007, Miyagi has created and presented his own works, while at the same time inviting distinguished artists from abroad to present their work at the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center. In July 2014, Miyagi and his company SPAC were invited to the Festival d’Avignon, where he received excellent reviews for his production of Mahabharata. In 2017, he was invited back to the festival with his rendition of Antigone, as the festival opener at Cour d’honneur. This was the first time in the festival’s history that an Asian performance group was selected as the opening performance.
The Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC) was founded in 1995 by the Shizuoka Prefectural government and is one of the first publicly funded performing arts organizations in Japan that employs actors-in-residence and technical and production staff for its own facility.
Over the last 14 years, The Public’s Under the Radar Festival has presented more than 229 companies from 42 countries. It has grown into a landmark of the New York City theater season and is a vital part of The Public’s mission, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are redefining the act of making theater. Widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performances from the U.S. and abroad, Under the Radar Festival has presented works by such respected artists as Elevator Repair Service, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Gob Squad, Belarus Free Theatre, Guillermo Calderón, and Young Jean Lee.
Related Event at Japan Society
Workshop: Theater Technique with SPAC
Saturday, January 13 from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Admission: $45/$35 Japan Society members
SPAC training, which incorporates the methodologies of Satoshi Miyagi and Tadashi Suzuki, includes intensive practice in vocalization, physicality, and rhythm. During this workshop led by SPAC company members, participants will learn body exercises required for SPAC’s unique voice production. Professional movement/acting experience required. Participants must wear socks and exercise wear. Max 20 participants.
To purchase tickets to Mugen Noh Othello and/or to the workshop, please call the Japan Society Box Office at 212-715-1258 or in person at Japan Society. For please visit Japan Society’s website or call 212-715-1258.