Salem State’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts (CCPA) opens it fall season with IzumonookunI, Friday, September 15 at 7:30 pm in the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, 356 Lafayette Street.
IzumonookunI is a multi-media, multidisciplinary dance inspired by Izumo no Okuni, 17th century cis-female founder of the Japanese dance-drama form, kabuki—a form that currently contains little trace of its cis-femalecentric, grassroots, counter-cultural origins. Choreographer Aretha Aoki and Bessie-nominated sound designer and artist Ryan MacDonald are resurrecting and re-imagining Okuni as a punk/synthwave/glam-goth figure. IzumokookunI aims to reclaim the origins of kabuki, collapse reductive binaries, and allow audiences to make new connections between seemingly disparate forms.
$15 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and free for students (with student ID) and under 18. This performance is a Salem Night with free admission for Salem residents with ID.
Additional highlights of CCPA’s fall programming include: The Ghost Sonata by August Strindberg, a North Indian Classical Music Concert with Kunal Gunjal and Aditya Kalyanpur, an evening with author Tiphanie Yanique, and an exhibition by artist Keith Knight.
Karen A Gahagan