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Yayoi Theatre Movement Society


Medea is a 90-minute contemporary Noh performance based on Medea, a Greek tragedy by Euripides (431 BC) and Aoi No Uye (Princess Hollyhock) a Noh play by Zenchiku Ujinobu (1414-1499). The company will produce an interpretation of these tragedies using the lead female character, Medea, as the point of artistic departure. The company has invited Paras Terezakis to choreograph, with artistic direction by Yayoi Hirano. Terezakis' distinct style of choreography will compliment the formal and traditionally stylized movements conceived by Hirano through movement and her carved masks. The collaboration will challenge both directors to imagine, experiment and build towards a new form that incorporates the traditions of Noh theatre, mask and puppetry with contemporary dance. Medea will also include a Noh chant chorus of 8 participants and 15 pieces performed by pianist Sara Davis Buechner. She will explore compositions from the 1400-1500s similar to the Shakespearean era. A life-sized puppet will be created by Japanese puppet maker, Sayo Umeda.