Consulate General of Japan to Host Two Free Performances of “Iwami Kagura”
Riveting dramatic interpretation of ancient Japanese myths
- Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm
14th Street Playhouse
173 14th Street NE, Atlanta, GA
Seating is first-come first-served
- Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA
RSVP is required and can be made by registering at www.puppet.org/kagura
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The second performance, Orochi (Serpent), which is approximately 40 minutes in length, tells the story of one of Japan’s oldest myths. The god Susanowo-no-mikoto, who has been expelled from the High Plain of Heaven, finds a pair of chopsticks floating in the Hi River, and follows it upstream, where he finds an old couple and young woman crying on the river bank. They explain that every year a giant eight-headed serpent living deep in the mountains comes to carry off one of their daughters. Seven daughters had already been swallowed up, and they are crying because tonight is the night the serpent will come and attack their eighth and last daughter, Princess Kushinada. Susanowo-no-mikoto takes pity on them, and agrees to save their daughter and slay the serpent. At the end of a fierce fight, a sword comes forth from the slain serpent’s tail. Susanowo-no-mikoto presents it to his sister, the goddess Amaterasu-ômikami. He then marries Princess Kushinada.
The performance on Sunday, September 16 will consist of one performance of Orochi followed by a workshop.
This tour of “Iwami Kagura” is sponsored by the Japan Foundation and the Consulate General of Japan and supported by the Center for Puppetry Arts. For more information contact the Consulate at 404-240-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.