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Kamioroshi: The Descent of the Gods

  • 01 Mar 2013
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tsai Auditorium (S010), Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.

The Descent of the gods
Written and directed by Ron Richardson
Boston University
Friday, March 1st
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Tsai Auditorium
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

The performance will occur from 4 to 5:30pm on March 1st in the Tsai Auditorium at 1730 Cambridge Street on the campus of Harvard University. The event is free and open to the public. For further information please contact Stacie Matsumoto at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at matsumot@fas.harvard.edu

The Japanese theatrical tradition originated in religious ceremonies featuring kagura-music and dance entertainment for and of the gods. The tradition of summoning the god was preserved in the Noh theatre created in the 14th century. In Noh as in kagura the god entered the sacred space opened by the performance. Called by the Japanese flute the deity climbed down the pine tree painted on the rear wall of every Noh stage. In both kagura and Noh the descent of the deity is called kamioroshi. Like kagura and Noh our play occurs in sacred time and space. It bends and fuses both dimensions to bring a Shawnee Indian and an African American fugitive slave into an encounter with Japanese peasants during the violent and often destructive creation of modernity. Discovering that they share many fundamental values in common, including the ideal of a humane and just world order, they set out on a pilgrimage, as michiyuki, to rectify the world.


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