A WORK IN PROGRESS
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
LEE DOUGLASS AND TOSHINORI HAMADA
MUSIC COMPOSED BY KENTO IWASAKI
Jyo en tells a universal story about the feminine response to the repression of personal autonomy.
Set in early Edo period Japan, the operetta follows the story of a young woman who risks everything she knows to feel one moment of passion that is all her own, casting off a life of propriety that she lives dutifully until the day that she doesn’t.
The musical score by composer, Kento Iwasaki, is performed live and highlights eight arias sung in classical Japanese accompanied by shamisen, koto and shakuhachi and features eight dances with choreography by Toshinori Hamada, Yuriko Miyake, Sato Shikata and Lee Douglass.
Drawing inspiration from traditional Kabuki and Noh theater forms in a fusion with dance and physical
theater and with careful attention to cultural plausibility and detail, Jyo en spans the traditional and
the contemporary. Jyo en is a theater experience of great cultural significance and beauty imbued with the richness of Japanese theater as part of the fabric of avant garde story-telling and opens the door for these art forms to be available in a contemporary context for the modern theater-going audience.
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