Season 40: “Memory”

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Directed by Yuriko Doi

Theatre of Yugen presents its signature classical Japanese comedy in English works this spring.  The event features two full plays and several shorter dancing at this entertaining and informative event. The long-standing hallmark of the company’s work, Theatre of Yugen is proud to present the only regular Kyogen in English performances in the world.

This spring, we present Setsubun and Kakiyamabushi.  

Setsubun (The Eve of Spring) celebrates the annual Japanese festival to welcome in spring by scattering beans to chase away misfortune.

Kakiyamabushi (Persimmons and the Mountain Priest) is a classic story of a brash mountain priest who has to slake his thirst on juicy, juicy persimmons.

Both are delightful, charming plays that welcome back the rebirth of spring!

Featuring: Lluis Valls, Nick Ishimaru, Fenner, Meryn MacDougall, and Alex Sinclair

Introductory Kyogen

Instructor: Lluis Valls



$20 per class or $50 per week (Tuesday - Sunday)

This introductory level class covers the foundation principals of noh and kyogen song and dance.  Each lesson begins with vocal warm up, a review of sitting, standing, posture, and walking.  Class then details exercises to increase stability, control, and expressiveness of the body.  Finally, traditional songs and dances are introduced and practiced every week.

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Film Series - Princess Mononoke

Saturday February 9, 2pm


Helen - March 28-April 27, 2019


Directed by Shannon R. Davis

A modern adaptation of Euripides’ classic tragic-comedy of Helen of Troy. This epic explores beauty, women, gender, societal expectations, iconography, storytelling, abduction, war, and death.

The gods have replaced Helen with a phantom and whisked the real woman away to an Egyptian hotel room to await her judgement or rescue. After seventeen years of solitude, endless routine, and one serious fly infestation, company arrives. Will their stories save her? Can the woman transcend the icon?

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Film Series - Spirited Away

Saturday May 11, 2pm

10-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku, who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.

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Film Series - The Wind Rises

Saturday July 13, 2pm

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan's plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.

Yugen in Action - July, 2019

Memory, history, and recollection are the themes of this year’s Yugen in Action showcase.  Theatre of Yugen invites artists from all around the Bay Area to present their original works on two special nights that show off the myriad ways we discover yugen across performing arts disciplines.

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