Friday, October 4, 2013, at 7pm |
Greening the Arts | The mysterious underwater pyramids of Yonaguni, Japan, inspire the setting for the legendary lost continent of MU—the Land of the Sun that flourished in peace and prosperity before the dawn of time and served as home to the last Dragon King. When an alienated teenage boy in contemporary San Francisco rescues a Japanese mermaid, he is rewarded with a journey to this sea kingdom of MU, where life is eternal, all seasons coexist, and the sea people know that we are all connected—there is only one ocean and one world.
Through a rich tapestry of Japanese theatre, music (taiko and jazz), and world dance, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and playwright/artistic director Brenda Wong Aoki, Emmy-winning composer Mark Izu, and Tony-nominated choreographer Kimi Okada weave a beguiling tale that is at once other-worldly and deeply personal and encourages us to explore the treasures of our own ecosystems and envision our futures together.
Recommended for ages 8 and up
MU was commissioned by the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. The world premiere was produced by the JCCSF and First Voice. Lead funding was provided by The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Composer Collaboration Awards 2010 initiative and the National Endowment for the Arts. MU was co-commissioned by Krannert Center and Rhythmix Cultural Works.
This performance will last approximately 80 minutes and has no intermission.
Misaho & Richard Berlin
Masako Takayasu in loving memory of Wako Takayasu