The Nighthawk Star (Yodaka no Hoshi)
Saturday, August 28 from 8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. EDT
Admission: Free (Donations are welcome to cover costs)
Multidisciplinary theater company Crossing Jamaica Avenue presents a virtual solo storytelling performance of Japanese writer Kenji Miyazawa’s popular story The Nighthawk Star (Yodaka no Hoshi). On what is considered the 100th anniversary of when he wrote this poetic short story, CJA will present one viewing of the production with a talk-back with artists and the audience.
About the Event
CJA Artistic Director Sonoko Kawahara is directing Marina Celander‘s performance of Hiroaki Sato’s translation of Miyazawa’s work. Fumi Tanakadate will perform original music on piano, fue, and taiko. Q&A with the audience will follow the performance. To expand accessibility, there will be English subtitles.
Attendees will receive the video link after registering. To RSVP, please visit CJA’s Eventbrite page, where you have the option of making a pay-what-you-can donation. Your reservation includes access to The Nighthawk Star recording through September 5.
Message from the Director, Sonoko Kawahara
I have been drawn to this story since I first read it as an elementary school student in Japan — the magical journey of a misfit bird. When setting out to direct this tale, I was particularly interested in breaking Miyazawa’s words down to their true essence to explore the story’s meaning, which I am learning through this process can be interpreted in many fascinating ways. Having lived through a global pandemic and societal unrest this past year, I look forward to letting this bird fly in New York City and listening to the call of the Nighthawk with you.”
— Sonoko Kawahara