2018 / English-language Noh play in UCLA: “Blue Moon Over Memphis” featuring Elvis Presley at Glorya Kaufman Dance Theatre, Oct. 15

Forwarded for UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

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2 Days of Noh:
Blue Moon Over Memphis
Presented by Theatre Nohgaku and the Yanai Initiative

Monday, October 15, 2018
7:00 PM
Glorya Kaufman Dance Theatre
Kaufman Hall, UCLA

Admission
$30 VIP Tickets with bento dinner
$15 General public
$10 UCLA faculty and staff (available at the UCLA Central Ticket Office or at the door)
Students free at the door with ID (subject to availability)

An English-language Noh play by award-winning playwright Deborah Brevoort, scored for the Noh theater by Richard Emmert.

Blue Moon Over Memphis tells the story of one of the first global celebrities, and one of the first casualties of global celebrity, Elvis Presley.

Noh is the pathway that leads us from Elvis the “brand” to a meditation on the relationship between celebrity and humanity. Space and time bend and collapse to place us in the presence of an eloquent, complicated, beautiful soul.

Playwright Deborah Brevoort’s text forgoes the easy irony that so often characterizes our encounters with Elvis. The poetic brevity of her script and the gravity of noh, featuring a musical score by composer Richard Emmert, leave us in stunned silence, inviting us to look past the pervasive cynicism of our age to perceive a new, humane way of thinking about one of twentieth-century America’s most unforgettable figures.

Elvis will never sound quite the same again!

This program is presented by UCLA, Waseda University, and Theatre Nohgaku, and was made possible by grants from the UCLA Arts Initiative and the Yanai Initiative. Additional support was provided by the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, the UCLA Department of Theater, and the Japan Foundation Los Angeles.

Blue Moon Over Memphis was developed in part with assistance from the Orchard Project, a program of The Exchange.

Website
https://www.yanaiinitiative.org/twodaysofnoh

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October 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm
“What is Noh?”
314 Royce Hall, UCLA
A Lecture by distinguished scholar of Noh, Professor Mikio Takemoto, presented by the Yanai Initiative at UCLA and Waseda University.
In Japanese with English translation.
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Pay-by-Space parking is available in Lot 7.

October 15, 2018 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
“Noh Masks Up Close”
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Kaufman Hall, UCLA
Presented by Theatre Nohgaku and the Yanai Initiative

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Kaufman Hall, UCLA
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Website
https://www.yanaiinitiative.org/twodaysofnoh

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