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Japanese Garden to Host Actress

Published: February 17, 2014

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB will host a Japanese Noh theater performance featuring live flute at the Daniel Recital Hall on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Japanese actress and academic Ryoko Aoki will collaborate with John Barcellona, CSULB’s Cole Conservatory director of woodwind studies and professor of flute to perform three scores in the Japanese Noh style of theater.

Aoki’s performances are accessible to all audience types, even those unfamiliar to theater. She received an advanced degree in music from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and a Ph.D. from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She is known for her contemporary adaptations of Noh, the 600-year-old genre of Japanese theater often identified as a strictly male art form. Through her artistic practice, Aoki has collaborated with an array international composers and theater troupes throughout Europe and Japan.

Audience members will experience a completely original, live performance created specifically for the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. Following the performance, the artist will address questions from the audience. A reception will follow.

For those who want to learn more about Noh, the University Art Museum (UAM) at CSULB will be open on Feb. 23 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to a self-guided tour of the exhibit, “Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi,” curated by Prof. Ken Brown and the students of the Museum and Curatorial Graduate certificate program through the CSULB School of Art.

Japanese Garden to Host Japanese Actress for Noh Theater Performance

While visiting campus, Aoki will also share her talents with CSULB students. On Thursday, Feb. 21, she will speak at a workshop for undergraduate students studying under head of performance Hugh O’Gorman.

The Feb. 23 performance is open to members of the Japanese Garden and UAM, CSULB students, staff and faculty. RSVP to 562/985-2169 or by e-mail by Friday, Feb. 14. Parking is available for $5 in Parking Structure 1 and Lot 12 by purchasing a permit at the yellow kiosks located in the parking lots.

For more information, visit the Japanese Garden website or its Facebook page. For more information on Aoki, visit her website.

The performance is possible due to generous donations from the Friends of the Japanese Garden and the Japan Foundation.

–Anne Ambrose