2 Days of Noh

MONDAY & TUESDAY / OCTOBER 15 & 16, 2018 

Blue Moon Over Memphis

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.

Tickets & Information

October 15, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Glorya Kaufman Dance Theatre 

Kaufman Hall, UCLA

Admission 

$30 VIP Tickets with bento dinner (SOLD OUT)

$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)

Lecture | Exhibit | Demonstrations | Discussion

Related Events

October 15, 2018

"What is Noh?"

A lecture by distinguished scholar of Noh Professor Mikio Takemoto, presented by the Yanai Initiative at UCLA and Waseda University.

October 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm
314 Royce Hall, UCLA

In Japanese with English translation.

Free and open to the public. Pay-by-Space parking is available in Lot 7.

October 15, 2018

Noh Masks Up Close

A rare exhibit of works by master carver

Kitazawa Hideta, creator of the masks used

in Blue Moon Over Memphis. Mr. Kitazawa

will be present to answer questions.

 

October 15, 2018 from 5:30–6:30 pm
314 Royce Hall, UCLA

 

Free and open to the public. Pay-by-Space parking is available in Lot 7.

October 16, 2018

This Is Noh

 A dazzling, performative introduction

to the world of Noh, including costuming,

mask carving, dancing, and chanting.

Featuring Akira Matsui, Kinue Oshima,

Hideta Kitazawa, and Theatre Nohgaku.


October 16, 9:45 am–11:45 am

200 Kaufman Hall, UCLA

Free and open to the public. Pay-by-Space parking is available in Lot 7.

October 16, 2018

Noh in the World

 Join David Crandall, Richard Emmert,

Akira Matsui, Kinue Oshima, and

Mikio Takemoto for a discussion of the possibilities of Noh as a global form.

This event will be conducted in Japanese.


October 16, 2:30–3:30 pm

 243 Royce Hall, UCLA
 

Free and open to the public. Pay-by-Space parking is available in Lot 7.

October 16, 2018

The World of Noh Masks

A Lecture & Demonstration by

Master Carver Hideta Kitazawa

 

 

October 16, 7:00 pm

 Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

5700 Wilshire Boulevard #100

Los Angeles, CA 90036
 

Free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the

Japan Foundation Los Angeles website.

Noh photographs © David Surtasky

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(310) 206-8235

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