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Noh-Kyogen theater combines
Japanese drama and comedy
By HEIDI BEELER
Collegian Staff Writer
To the Western world, the Orient
possesses the dual image of gra
cious mystique and unswerving de
termination. It is both cherry
blossoms and Samurai warriors.
, Rice paper and hari-kari knives.
- Subservient women and kamakaze
Both these sides are incorporated
in the Noh-Kyogen National
•• Theatres of Japan, which will ap
pear as a part of this year's Artists
Series at 8 p.m. tomorrow night in
;. 'Schwab Auditorium. The Noh dra
• ma is an ancient stylized form of
theater in which the dance-like
• : movements can range from the
• delicate fanning of a white-skinned
lady to the wild, howling excorcism
• of a fanged demon.
• • Symbolism is the foundation of
• any Noh dratna. The Japanese view
this theater much as we do our
ballet not as a realistic portrayal
- of life, but as a way of interpreting
the emotion of a situation. The
action is primarily danced, and
even the language chanted by the
actors to the music of drums, flute
and stringed instruments is an
ancient poetical form that only the
most learned scholars can under
- ; stand.
,So the actors use symbolic ges
.° . tures, colors and sets to help make
the plot understandable: a fan can
represent a shield when open or a
'. knife when closed; a person on
stage dressed in black does not
exist in the play; arrd if a character
has no lines, an empty kimono
thrown over a chair back symbol
:: izes the presence of that character.
During the intermission of the
- Noh theater, the Kyogen is per
formed. This Japanese-style situa
tion comedy parodies the serious
The Noh•Koygen National Theaters of Japan combine humor and drama
and symbolically describe human emotions in their performances. This
talented troupe will be performing tomorrow night in Schwab Auditorium.
drama that it breaks into, and uses
the language of the common peo
Created in the 14th century to re
enact the grand deeds of gods,
warriors and demons, the Noh dra
ma is strictly a family art, the
technique being passed down from
father to son. The actors wear
brightly colored kimonos styled
like their ancestors', and many of
the masks that hide, their faces are
With about only six Noh troupes
in Japan, this form of theater is
highly honored in its native country
and is a rare treat not to be missed
by Western audiences.
Tickets are on sale today in Ei
senhower Auditorium from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
MJ breaks record with
and makes 25 million
By RON YEANY
Collegian Staff Writer
Thriller, Michael Jackson's blockbuster album of
pop/dance/rock, has surpassed the ,25 million sales
mark, making it the biggest selling album of all time.
The announcement was made yesterday by Epic
Records, Jackson's label for the Thriller album and
also his last album, Off The Wall.
Thriller has now passed the soundtrack to the movie
"Saturday. .Night Fever," which previously held the
record for the top sales figure. Jackson's album,
released 14 months ago, recently climbed back to the
No. '1 slot on Billboard's Top LPs. The album has
notched a total of 29 weeks at No. 1.
The announcement of Jackson's record-breaking
sales comes at the same time that the single "Thriller"
rockets into Billboard's Top Ten at' number seven.
"Thriller" is also Jackson's unprecedented seventh
By DIANE DiPIERO
Collegian Staff Writer
A scene from the memorable
comedy "Barney Miller."
Detective Arthur Dietrich: "I
have this neighbor who likes to go
for long walks. Yesterday he was
gone nearly the whole day." .
Another cop from the 12th Pre
cinct: "Well, what's wrong with
that? He came back didn't he?"
Dietrich: "Yep. Tide brought
This is the kind of dry, subtle
humor you can expect to hear if you
attend the University Concert Corn-'
mittee's presentation of comedian
Steve Landesberg, 8 p.m: tomorrow
keeps audience rolling
night in Eisenhower Auditorium.
Landesberg, originally from the
Bronx, has been making people
laugh for about 14 years. It all
started with an audition for the
"Tonight Show," In his Wild West
routine, Landesberg acted out-all
the accents he had heard in his
father's grocery store near Yankee
Although he didn't make the audi
tion, Landesberg was not discour
In 1971 Landeslaerg was back on
the set of the "Tonight Show."
Johnny Carson had fallen head
over-heals with his (as Carson put
it) "slightly wacko" sense of hu
Top Ten single from the album, following "The Girl Is
Mine" (duet with Paul McCartney), "Billie Jean
," "Beat It" "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' " "P.Y.T.
(Pretty Young Thing)" and "Human Nature." "The
Rock Report" from The Source network also reported
Epic Records has discussed releasing an eighth single
from the album. The album has a total of nine songs.
Previously, Jackson's Off The Wall album and Fleet
wood Mac's Rumours held the record of four Top Ten
songs from a single album. That figure does not include
soundtracks. „ . - . •
In recent . weeks, Thriller and Michael Jackson have
been the focus of much news. When. "Thriller" was
released last week, it debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 at
No. 20, the highest debut since John Lennon's "Imag
ine" debuted at No. 20 in 1971. Jackson has also
received a record twelve Grammy nominations and
recently won a record eight American Music Awards.
He performed his hilarious
crazed German psychiatrist skit on
the "Tonight Show" and the "Bob
by Darin Amusement Company."
Landesberg found a new and
more lasting home at the "12th
precinct." He became a permanent
member of the "Barney Miller"
clan in their 1976 season, and re
mained with them until the show's
TV finale in 1982. Landesberg en
joyed playing Det. Dietrch, whose
jokes kind of cooly and slowly crept
up on you, saying it was almost like
Tickets for Landesberg's perfor
mance are $6, $7 and $8 and can be
purchased at the door.
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