Tale from 10th century

March 12, 1998|By Judith Green

One of the world's oldest novels is getting a brand-new stage presentation at Towson University this weekend.

The Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company of New York will premiere its adaptation of "The Tale of Genji," written in the 10th century by Lady Murasaki Shikibu.

The picaresque novel chronicles the life and adventures - military, magical and erotic - of Genji, the "shining prince." It was written at the height of the Heiam period (794-1185), a cultural and economic golden age that began when the Emperor Kammu established the imperial capital of Japan at Heiankyo. Murasaki (978?-1015?) was the daughter of a scholar and widow of a courtier.

Ichinohe, a native of Japan, is a prize-winning ballet choreographer who has served as movement consultant for the Metropolitan Opera production of "Madama Butterfly."

"Genji" brings together a contemporary dance idiom, elaborate period costumes and music by Japanese and American composers.

"The Tale of Genji" will be performed at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Stephens Hall Theater, 8000 York Road, Towson University. Tickets are $15, $12 seniors/students. Call 410-830-2787. Ichinohe will teach a free master class at 2 p.m. today in Burdick Hall, and faculty members in history, English and art will discuss the importance of the novel at 7 p.m. today in Linthicum Hall. This lecture also is free.

Pub Date: 3/12/98

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