Internationally acclaimed choreographer and performer Yass Hakoshima draws on the traditional Japanese arts of calligraphy and flower arranging -- as well as Zen inspired elements of music, dance and Noh theatre -- to create "Chinmokuza," silent theatre that combines humor and intense drama. The five-part work will receive its world premiere by the Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre at Montclair State University's Memorial Auditorium on Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m.
In "Chinmokuza," Hakoshima and his collaborators combine the technique of movement theatre, natural and manufactured sound, sculptural sets and imaginative costumes to explore the 12th century Zen concept that the human spirit consists of two elements: a departure to another world (a rise) and a return to this world (a fall). In Zen, these two movements represent all of human history.
"Interestingly, 12th century monks, like 20th century physicists, understood that what we return to is never the same as what we left because we have changed in the meantime," observes Hakoshima, who was born and raised in Japan and is realizing one of his dreams in creating a work that conveys Zen aesthetics to a wide audience.
Standard tickets for the Great Events offering are $25. Tickets for seniors, students, MSU faculty, staff, alumni and children are $15. For further information and to order tickets, call the MSU Box Office at (973) 655-5112.