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IN DEVELOPMENT: DEMON IN THE HEART

Demon in the Heart is a transdisiplinary collaboration to create a wired Noh production that combines the minimalist rigor of traditional Ghost Noh with emergent technologies. Noh, the Japanese music drama performed since the 14th century, is the oldest theater art still performed today. Choreographer, Karole Armitage, Harvard professor of Japanese Culture, Melissa McCormick, MIT Media Lab designers, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao and Jifei Ou, costume designer, Peter Speliopoulos, lighting designer Clifton Taylor and composer, Reiko Yamada are creating a dreamlike work inspired by the idea of the intertexuality —the concept that all texts have relationships to other texts— as applied to body language. In dance, the text of the body has created patterned movement across different historical eras and cultures. Demon in the Heart incorporates expressive, new technologies adapted for the stage to explore erotic entanglement, unresolved attachments and the search for harmony that are hallmarks of Noh Theater.

Demon in the Heart will premiere at Harvard’s Farkas Hall in Cambridge, MA followed by a New York CIty season at Japan Society, in March 2019.

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“Fiercely pure….Armitage follows a path cleared by George Balanchine…she presents the performers as molten steel cooling into stunning shapes, yet also reminds us that they are not clones of a technique but individuals, with minds, moods, and imperfections of their own”

Deborah Jowitt, THE VILLAGE VOICE

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Karole Armitage named is an MIT MEdia Lab Directors Fellow.




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