Drum of the Waves of Horikawa at HERE Arts Center

HERE Arts Center and The Theatre of a Two-headed Calf presents Drum of the Waves of Horikawa, a performance art piece, at the HERE Arts Center from 24 Oct - 17 Nov 2007.

Combining live music performed by two drummers, a keyboardist and a bass player with traditional elements of Japanese performance, this production interprets the 18th Century Chikamatsu classic Drum of the Waves of Horikawa that teems with lying, cheating, drinking and assassination.

In this work, The Theatre of a Two-headed Calf founders Brooke O�Harra and Brendan Connelly explore a number of similarities between the styles of 1970s Punk and 18th Century Kabuki � both loud, violent, transgressive and fueled by radical politics. The company says, �Both forms use an elaborate gestural system that attempts to codify strong emotional conditions such as humiliation, shame, anger, lust jealousy and rebellion. While Kabuki�s dramaturgical building blocks include rape, double suicide, sword fights and beheadings, Punk favors frenzy, choreographed chaos and overt hostility. They share an appetite for extreme attitude.�

Directed by Brooke O�Harra, with music by Brendan Connelly.

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