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Performance of Japanese kyogen style “The Cat and the Moon.”

November 10, 2015

Akiko Manabe, Professor of Shiga University, Japan attended the 1st International Yeats Conference in Limerick and gave a paper in the session “Yeats and Japan” together with two other members from Japan.  Akiko Manabe talked about Yeats’ encounter with  Japanese traditional theatrical repertoire Nogaku, especially Kyogen  which is comedy or sort of farce.   Yeats’ own note to “The Cat and the Moon” says he wrote the play  as a kyogen but it has never performed  in Japanese kyogen style. On November 10th, there was a premier performance of “The Cat and the Moon” in Japanese by Japanese kyogen style. Professional kyogen actor, Kaoru Matsumoto directed and put on performance using professional kyogen actors—Masakuni Shigeyama as a blind beggar, Shigeru Shigeyama as a lamed beggar and Senzaburo Shigeyama as Saint.  The premier performance was carried out in a hall/auditorium of Kobe Gakuin University.  Saint sang the first 2 stanzas of the poem “The Cat and the Moon” in Kyogen Song style while Saint and the lame beggar sang the final stanza— with dancing in kyogen style.

http://www.kobegakuin.ac.jp/english/

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November 10, 2015
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Kobe Gakuin University
Hyōgo Prefecture
Hyōgo Prefecture , Japan
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Date:
November 10, 2015
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Kobe Gakuin University
Hyōgo Prefecture
Hyōgo Prefecture , Japan
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