LaMaMa to Host Company East's Noh-Inspired Hamlet

News   LaMaMa to Host Company East's Noh-Inspired Hamlet Tokyo's Company East will present the U.S. premiere of its production of Hamlet, a 75-minute fusion of traditional Noh theatre and western dance, at LaMaMa e.t.c. beginning Jan. 29.

Kenji Kawarasaki directs and choreographs the streamlined version of Shakespeare's tragedy, which incorporates six video projectors displaying text and video. The production will be performed in English and Japanese.

Described as a dance-drama, this new version of Hamlet follows the classic tale of the prince who must avenge his father's murder. Following its LaMaMa engagement, Hamlet will make its Japanese premiere in April.

Company East's Hamlet will feature Hiroshi Jin in the title role. Jin, who is known for his gender-bending portrayals of Lady Macbeth and Salome, will be joined by Company East members Sho Tohno, Yoko Tomabechi, Yuji Koide, Barnardo, Mutsutaka Jin and Daisuke Kaji.

Hamlet has video design by Yoshiaki Takano and lighting by Jin Nakayama.

Tickets are available by calling (212) 475-7710 or by visiting www.lamama.org. LaMaMa e.t.c. is located at 74A East 4th Street in Manhattan.