Alex Rogals

Alex Rogals
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Satoshi Miyagi Returns To The Japan Society With “Mugen Noh Othello”

New York City’s Japan Society closed out its 2017-18 Noh-Now series this past January with renowned director Satoshi Miyagi’s Mugen Noh Othello. I was fortunate to see this compelling noh-inspired piece, remounted by Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC), where Miyagi has served as the Artistic Director since 2007. Shifting focus from the Moor of Shakespeare’s tragedy to that of his ill-fated and “un-notable” wife, Desdemona, Mugen Noh Othello presents an innovative reimagining that keenly considers the tale from the point of view of Othello’s victims. Mugen Noh Othello is the third time Miyagi’s work has appeared at the Japan...

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Sagi-ryū: The Elusive Third School of Kyōgen

Today, if you bring up the topic of the traditional Japanese comedic performing art, kyōgen, chances are the conversation you will have will revolve around either the activities of the professional Ōkura (大蔵) or Izumi (和泉) schools. Kyōgen’s third school, the Sagi school (鷺), is presumed to have died out in the Meiji period (1868-1912) with the death of its final iemoto (school grand master), Sagi Gonnojō, in 1895. However, Sagi kyōgen did not die. It continued thanks the to efforts of a lineage of non-professional performers and supporting community members in Yamaguchi City (Yamaguchi Prefecture) and Sadogashima Island...

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