Miyake to Visit NDSU Theatre

December 15, 2011

North Dakota State University Department of Theatre will welcome guest artist Tokuro Miyake for their production of Wokashi: A Program of Classic Kyogen Comedies, February 23-26 and March 1-3, 2012. 

While on campus, Tokuro Miyake will work with students, educating them about the Japanese comedic form of kyogen.  Miyake became successor to her grandfather's (living national treasure 9th Tokuro Miyake) stage name in 1989, and was announced as the 10th Tokuro Miyake at the National Noh Theatre on May 21, 1989. Following her sister Junko, Miyake has appeared in many official public performances as one of the first female kyogen players in Japan.  NDSU Theatre is honored to partner with Miyake on this production.

The fanciful and earthly world of kyogen is people with dim-witted demons, talking animals, hen-pecked husbands with their domineering wives, and a host of other amusing and memorable character types.  Theatre NDSU’s production of this kyogen sampler will feature authentic traditional staging-including costumes, masks, and props.  Tickets for Wokashi are on sale at www.ndsu.edu/finearts.

Funding for Miyake’s visit is provided by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, The Japan Foundation, and the Japanese Consulate.

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