Over Memphis

Contributed by Gary Mathews

gary_mathews_0613Last day of the TN Orchard Project residency and it has been quite a journey. I haven’t known what day of the week it was since the day after we arrived. Our goal was to work out the movement and choreography for Deborah Brevoort’s Blue Moon Over Memphis and integrate it with the music and chant, and I think what we accomplished exceeded all of our expectations.

Yesterday we did our first complete run through as an open rehearsal for the artists who make up the Orchard Project “core company,” and it really turned into a performance after which some of the audience were walking out saying things like, “That was satisfying.” I think we have a great play here and I look forward to seeing it brought out to the world in a fully staged production.

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About Theatre Nohgaku

Noh, one of the oldest continuing stage arts, combines highly stylized dance, chant, music, mask and costume with intense inner concentration and physical discipline, creating a uniquely powerful theatrical experience. Theatre Nohgaku’s mission is to share noh’s beauty and power with English speaking audiences and performers. We have found that this traditional form retains its dramatic effectiveness in languages other than Japanese. We believe noh techniques hold a powerful means of expression in the context of contemporary English language theatre.
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