On stage: Acclaimed production of The Lady Aoi, by Yukio Mishima, staged by Abrahamse & Meyer Productions, November 17 to December 4, 2021, Cape Town, as part of its Summer Season of World Theatre, at Artscape
|The Lady Aoi by Yukio Mishima – staged by Abrahamse & Meyer Productions, Cape Town as part of its 2021 Summer Season of World Theatre, at Artscape |
When: November 17 to December 4, 2021
Venue: Artscape Arena
Performances times: Mon – Fridays at 7pm and 3pm and 6pm on Saturdays
Running time: 55 minutes [no interval]
Booking: Computicket https://tickets.computicket.com/event/THE%20LADY%20AOI/7176023
Starring: Marcel Meyer and Matthew Baldwin
Director: Fred Abrahamse
Cape Town’s Abrahamse & Meyer Productions staged The Lady Aoi by Yukio Mishimain the USA in 2014 and 2019 and played to standing ovations and critical acclaim. Covid delayed its staging in South Africa and the company is delighted that we can finally see this much talked about production of Yukio Mishima’s modern Noh masterpiece. Information as supplied:
The production was described by the American press as “eerily sexy…brilliantly skilful” and “breath-taking,” this production is a dazzling fusion of visual and physical theatre, puppetry, mask work, original music, and sumptuous design.
Veteran director/designer, Fred Abrahamse directs this production that features the acting talents of Marcel Meyer and Matthew Baldwin, an original score by the incomparable Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and lighting by the multi-award-winning Faheem Bardien. Yukio Mishima, one of the most celebrated authors of the 20th century, transmuted a familiar Japanese narrative into a startling, modern play about unrequited love, obsession, passion, and possession in which the living ghost of a mistress scorned, nightly torments the body of her former lover’s wife.
David Kaplan, Curator of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, USA, said of the production: “In this fresh staging, what Freud defined as the repressed subconscious, and Japanese legend depicted as the world of vampiric ghosts, the Abrahamse Meyer Company unveils as rapacious and unceasing love. The confluence of many streams − the plot of an 11th century Japanese novel, the classic 14th century adaptation into masked Japanese Noh drama, Yukio Mishima’s 20th century mask-less Noh play, the miracle of a lucid English translation, and the unique expertise of Abrahamse & Meyer melding West and East in the Japanese-inspired work of Tennessee Williams − all swirl together powerfully, buoyed by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder music, a score as complex and compelling as the wonder-filled production. Unforgettable: the staring eyes of the puppet heads.”
The Lady Aoi is the first production in an exciting summer season of World Theatre that Abrahamse & Meyer have lined up at the Artscape Theatre Centre.
The Lady Aoi by Yukio Mishima – staged by Abrahamse & Meyer Productions, Cape Town, as part of the 2021 Summer Season of World Theatre, at Artscape –creative credits
Director: Fred Abrahamse
Original score: Charl-Johan Lingenfelder
Lighting design: Faheem Bardien
Set, costume, puppetry design and construction: Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer
Producer: Abrahamse & Meyer Productions, Cape Town
Information: Marcel Meyer, e-mail: email@example.com
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