Irish Nobel Prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) believed that the finest verse was the kind that gives its readers the urge to read it out loud. What better way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth then, than to hear his own verse recited in Tokyo?
As part of worldwide celebrations, the TheatreX CAI in Tokyo is hosting a three-day festival during which some of Yeats’ works — those strongly influenced by Japanese noh theater — will be read out to visitors. Recitals will include some accompanied by music and dance performances, plus a presentation of “The Song of Wandering Aengus” set to contemporary Irish music. Other Nobel Prize-winning Irish poets’ works will also be recited and Yeats’ “At the Hawks Well,” a one-act play using elements of noh, will be performed in Japanese.
On the final day, a symposium discussing the influence of noh will be held, followed by a reading of “Deirdre” in Japanese. (Magdalena Osumi)
Yeats Day in Japan 150th Anniversary takes place at TheatreX CAI in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or check the Yeats Day Japan Facebook Page