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Theater

In the world of Japanese contemporary theater, the work of trailblazers Yukio Ninagawa, Mansaku and Mansai Nomura, Amon Miyamoto, and Mari Natsuki is rooted in the traditions of noh, kabuki, and kyogen. Yet each has put their own unique stamp on these centuries-old art forms.

Image for Yukio Ninagawa's <i>Shintoku-Maru</i> featuring Tatsuya Fujiwara

Yukio Ninagawa's Shintoku-Maru featuring Tatsuya Fujiwara

Award-winning director Ninagawa brings his tragic fable of love, lust, and revenge based on an ancient Japanese noh play. Blending drama, music, and spectacle, the production stars Tatsuya Fujiwara as a young man drawn to his new stepmother.

Image for Amon Miyamoto's <i>Up in the Air: The Story of Boonah, the Tree-Climbing Frog</i>

Amon Miyamoto's Up in the Air: The Story of Boonah, the Tree-Climbing Frog

Japan's foremost director of musicals conceives and directs this world-premiere musical for young adults and their families, about a frog named Boonah who can scale the tallest tree near his pond.

Image for The Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company: Traditional Kyogen Works (Feb. 11); <i>The Kyogen of Errors</i> (Feb. 13 & 14)

The Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company: Traditional Kyogen Works (Feb. 11); The Kyogen of Errors (Feb. 13 & 14)

The company performs two kyogen (comic) programs: one performance of three traditional works, and two performances of The Kyogen of Errors, based on Shakespeare's classic tale of two pairs of twins separated at birth.

Image for Mari Natsuki's <i>The Impressionist 08</i>

Mari Natsuki's The Impressionist 08

The Tokyo-born singer/dancer/actor performs the D.C. premiere of her acclaimed self-produced theater piece, which The Scotsman says uses "her considerable talents… to extraordinary effect."