Theatre of Yugen

Monday, November 26, 2018


Founded in 1978 by Yuriko Doi, Theatre of Yugen is an experimental ensemble dedicated to the pursuit of the intangible essence of yugen (幽玄)—yu (“profound” and “tranquil”) and gen(“mysterious”).

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With a foundation in Japanese noh drama and kyogen satire—the world’s oldest living style of theatre (over 600 years old)—Yugen creates works of world theatre by crafting original material and exploring dramatic and literary classics. By presenting and collaborating extensively with other organizations and artists across artistic genres, such as foolsFURY (acclaimed SF/New York theatre company),

Thingamajigs (a Bay Area found-instrument music group), dancer and choreographer Shinichi Iova-Koga (founder of InkBoat, an SF-based Japanese butoh dance company), and former Martha Graham Dance Company principal Miki Orihara, Theatre of Yugen continues the evolution of live performance and artistic hybridity that stimulates intercultural understanding. It also maintains a robust training and apprenticeship program to ensure that the legacy of the theatrical discipline remains vital. No other theatre in the U.S. is exclusively committed to noh and kyogen. As such, Yugen remains a beacon for both traditional and experimental Japanese theatre in this country.