The Kennedy Center presents the Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company production of three traditional Kyogen works in the Terrace Theater from May 17-19, 2012. Last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2008 as part of the JAPAN: culture + hyperculture festival, they bring Suminuri (“Black Crocodile Tears”), Tsuki-mi Zato (“The Moon-Viewing Blindman”), and Kubi Hiki (“Neck Pulling”).
A style of spoken drama based on laughter and comedy, kyogen is often compared to commedia dell’arte. With more than 70 years in the art form, Artistic Director Mansaku Nomura has been designated a Living National Treasure of Japan. His company, The Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company, is known for captivating interpretations of comic classics and distinguished performances by the Nomura family.
Performed in Japanese, with English supertitles.
Here are some pictures from the three productions:
Kubi Hiki (“Neck Pulling”)
Suminuri (“Black Crocodile Tears”)
Tsuki-mi Zato (“The Moon-Viewing Blind Man”)
Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company’s production of Traditional Kyogen will run May 17, 18, and 19 in the Terrace Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40. Purchases can be made in-person at the box office, online, or by calling (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324.
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