Kabuki screening in San Mateo and Noh screening in Berkeley!
The San Mateo Kabuki Club (Kabuki Kai) is screening a video of a Kabuki classic this Sunday, September 4 at 1:30pm at the San Mateo Japanese American Community Center, 415 S. Claremont St., San Mateo, CA (near the San Mateo Caltrain station). The video will be shown in Japanese, with an introduction and synopsis provided in English. For more information, please contact Mika (650) 341-6849 (Japanese) or
(650) 341-5872 (English).
The San Mateo Kabuki Kai is unique in the U.S. (and perhaps the world) in its sheer dedication to Kabuki, having screened a Kabuki video once a month for the past 12+ years. I can also say their members are all wonderful people. The group screens a Kabuki performance the first Sunday of every month at 1:30pm at the San Mateo Japanese American Community Center. To receive announcements of upcoming screenings, subscribe to the Kabuki mailing list at www.jetaanc.org/kabukiNoh Screening: Sumidagawa
Date/Time:September 11, 2pm
Venue: Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley
Address: 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA, United States, 94720 Google Map
Join us for a special screening of the Noh theatre classic Sumidagawa (“The Sumida River”), part of The Sumidagawa Project. A mother searches for her lost son. Driven half-mad with worry, she meets a ferryman on the Sumida River who may know something. But is she prepared to learn the truth? (synopsis)
First performed in medieval Japan, Sumidagawa has moved audiences for centuries with its particular blend of mystery and pathos. A master work in the kyojomonocategory of Noh play—dramas of madwomen. 90 mins. In Japanese with English and Japanese subtitles. Free and open to the public.
The screening is part of The Sumidagawa Project, featuring three special screenings in September and October. Join us as we explore three very different versions—Noh theatre, Kabuki theatre, and chamber opera—of the Sumidagawa story, which has haunted Japanese and Western artists for hundreds of years. Don’t miss this chance to see these rarely-screened masterpieces. For more information, click here.