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Mystical Abyss Plot Synopsis

Mystical Abyss is a new story incorporating characters from ancient Japanese and Iroquois mythologies.   In the production itself, this story is told largely through dance and animation, with segments of (often hilarious) narration delivered by Lluis Valls. The following synopsis will also … Continue reading

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Amaterasu and the Virtue of Art

It stands to reason that, once agriculture was established in Japan in the Yayoi period, the populace would revere the sun, guarantor of an abundant harvest, and be threatened by storms, which could destroy the rice crop and wreak havoc … Continue reading

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The Tale and the Telling

Mystical Abyss is richly choreographed, as befits a dance drama, with original music and elaborate animation to heighten the sensory experience, but it is also narrated–mostly in English–and can be enjoyed both for its spectacle and for the story it … Continue reading

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Izanami: Goddess of Death and Rebirth

How dark it is, and cold. All other night journeys were practice for this one. The moon, born from utter darkness, waxes.  There behind the clouds, even there behind the darkness, not blazing and dangerous to behold like the sun, … Continue reading

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Betrayal and Becoming

The betrayal of a woman by a man she might have expected she could trust is a recurrent theme in Japanese literature, mythology, and folklore, and in the stories selected for Mystical Abyss.  This article presents some examples and proposes … Continue reading

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This Land Was Their Land

When European settlers arrived on the North American content, they encountered indigenous inhabitants, whom we now call Native Americans, with cultures as diverse as might be expected given the breadth of the continent and the range of ecological conditions.  Of … Continue reading

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Invitation to the Abyss

Theatre of Yugen is excited to present Mystical Abyss, the culminating production of a career in which Japanese-born director Yuriko Doi has brought to the West a distinctive fusion of traditional Japanese dramatic arts and cutting-edge world theater.   In this … Continue reading

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Observing Creation: The Making of Mystical Abyss

On Saturday I attended the first rehearsal for the January 28 Worklights presentation of Mystical Abyss.  The Worklights show will be staged but will not be a full production.  Director Yuriko Doi will select highlights of the play to share … Continue reading

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Stories behind the Story

Mystical Abyss portrays encounters among characters from ancient Japanese and Iroquois mythologies. Even audience members with no prior exposure to the stories behind Mystical Abyss will easily follow John O’Keefe’s engaging narrative as it unfolds not only in words but … Continue reading

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Sleeping Beauty

Beneath drifts of snow The future lies in hiding, But in the branches The wind stirs.  Might it whisper Some secret of spring? That spring and even the autumn harvest lie in potential under winter snow is a theme in … Continue reading

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