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Asclpeius, The First Week.

Asclepius just finished it’s first of a three week run. We’ve been in the theater for about thirteen days (and nights) straight with tech rehearsals and the performances. Today is out first day off. Even though we were tired, last night’s show the tightest yet. The chorus and music is really coming together. Those in the business know that even though you rehearse your butt off, the magic doesn’t happens until it’s performed in front of a live audience. Here’s an excerpt from a review...“with totems of experimental theatre, including puppets and masks, a winging pageant unfurls…Go to Asclepius to see swirling colorful patterns of dance, movement, and acrobatics.  Then look up at the sky:  In punishment for raising the dead, the god of medicine was killed, but finally taken into the heavens as a constellation. At 91 years of age, and for all she has weathered and done for and in the downtown theatre scene, Ellen Stewart should be given a constellation herself.  - Bob Schulman.
Read the full reveiw here at -Stage Voices Review

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A rehearsal shot with Eugene the Poogene (left) as Hades and Micheal Lynch on the golden throne as King Midas.

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Asclepius Opens!

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It was a long and tough road but the show managed to open last night. The house was full with magnetic energy between the cast and audience. It was electric.

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PVC Shakuhachi Flute

Perry Yung Shakuhachi Image Yukio Tsuji trying a PVC 1.8 shakuhachi during a rehearsal of Asclepius in the Annex Theater of La MaMa E.T.C.

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Ivan Plays Shakuhachi in the NYC Subway

I was playing one of my Chikusing 1.8s on a subway platform as I was on my way downtown to an Asclepius rehearsal. The subway is one of my favorite acoustic spaces in the City so I thought I would take advantage by sneaking in some great practice time while waiting for the train.

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Craig Arnold JUSF Artist Fellow Missing in Japan

Craig’s work as a poet brought him much acclaim. Here is the recent wikipedia info:

As of April 30, 2009, Craig Arnold went missing on the small volcanic island of Kuchinoerabujima, Japan.[5] He went for a solo hike to explore an active volcano on the island and never returned to the inn where he was staying. While Japanese law mandates government-backed searches for three days, on April 30, 2009, the Japanese government agreed to extend the search an additional three days.[6] Arnold was not found, and the search was then picked up by the international NGO 1st Special Response Group.[7] Craig Arnold’s trail was found near a high cliff, and he was presumed to have died from a fatal fall near the date of his disappearance.[8]
More current information can be found here along with a donation link to support further efforts to find and bring Craig back to the USA:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=74254019683

 

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Shakuhachi Making workshop

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I had quite an action packed week. Aside from the ASCLEPIUS rehearsals, shakuhachi repairs, a private lesson with Riley Lee, I also taught a Shakuhachi making workshop at my apartment.

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Shakuhachi in La MaMa E.T.C.‘s Asclepius

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I first heard the shakuhachi around 1993 when I was performing in Ellen Stewart’s Oedipus the King. Ellen is the founder of La MaMa E.T.C. (Experimental Theater Club), the place that spawned many of the world’s great playwrights and directors such as Sam Sheppard, Joseph Chaikin and Tom O’Horgan to name a few.

 

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Apollo’s Mask

Apollo’s Mask
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I’ve been rehearsing nearly full time the past few weeks so some of the shop work is beginning to back up a little. On top of the flute repairs this week, I also have to adjust my mask. It turns out I’m doing a lot more movement then we all originally thought.

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