La MaMa ETC and Yara Arts Group present:
AFTER THE RAIN
world music theatre piece based on three stories
by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, including "Rashomon"
created by Watoku Ueno
with Yara Arts Group
director, set and light designer: Watoku Ueno
composer/musician: Kato Hideki
costume design: Luba Kierkosz
shadow image design: Watoku Ueno/Makoto Takeuchi
stage manager: Shuhei Kinoshita
movement: Shigeko Sara Suga
projection: Rashid Mamun
shadow image design execution: Makoto Takeuchi, Yasuko Miura
Set construction: Kenji Watanabe
back stage crew /puppeteers: Megan Talley,
Alan Barnes Nethertona and Yuji Mianjo
Hana A. Kalinski, Rex Matin, Stephanie Silver and Kazue Tani
April 4-21, 2008
Th-Sun 8PM, + Sun 2:30 La MaMa Expriemental Theatre
74 East 4th St, New York, (212) 475-7710
tickets $18 - www.lamama.org
“AFTER THE RAIN”
Kat Chamberlain, nytheatre.com April 10, 2008
"Creator Watoku Ueno and the Yara Arts Group have put tremendous thought into the aesthetics of the piece. It opens beautifully, with one of the most original and intriguing set designs I have ever seen. It serves up one surprise after another, from exotic costumes to intricate movements. A combination of music, shadow puppets, projections, and dance, it feels like a theatre version of an art house silent film..."
The music by the composer/guitarist/sound designer Kato Hideki seamlessly merges with the striking visuals and accentuates the poignancy of the stories. I could listen to him forever. Luba Kierkosz's costume design is stylish and refined, serving the physical movements to perfection.
After the Rain is written, designed, and directed by Watoku Ueno, and according to the program note, the scenes were created by the artists of Yara in rehearsal. Hats off to the artistry he and his company have put into the entire look of the show. It is breathtakingly exquisite. It is also a worthy attempt to wed literature to theatre, and the traditional Japanese art of shadow puppet, costumes, and music to modern dance and multimedia..."
Yara Arts Group
306 East 11th St., #3B
New York, NY 10003 USA
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