Kamioroshi, the Descent of the Gods

A kawaraban (woodblock pamphlet type newspaper). Title: Jishin yoke no uta (earthquake-averting song) Namazu-e-Daikoku redistributes wealthiest’s riches.

Kamioroshi, the Descent of the Gods
by Ron Richardson

Directed by Sonoko Kawahara
Choreographed by Momo Suzuki and Kevin Suzuki

  • Thursday, December 12th at 7:30pm
  • Friday, December 13th at 8pm
  • Saturday, December 14th at 2pm and 8pm
  • Sunday, December 15th at 7pm

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In both Japanese kagura-music and dance, and Noh theatre, the descent of the deity is called kamioroshi. Kamioroshi occurs in sacred time and space. It bends and fuses both dimensions to bring a Shawnee and an African American fugitive slave into an encounter with Japanese peasants during the violent and destructive creation of modernity. Discovering that they share many fundamental values in common, they set out on a pilgrimage to rectify the world.

Produced by the BU Arts Initiative and Ron Richardson in cooperation with BU College of Fine Arts School of Theatre, co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the BU Center for the Study of Asia

Artist Bios (click for full bio)

Cast (Alphabetical Order)
Eric Cheung (Peasant Man)
Caitlin Fischer (Irishman & Ancestor)
Sebastian Garbe (Samurai & Ancestor)
Loan Kieu (Peasant Woman 1)
Alexandria King* (Woman)
Willow Lautenberg (Ebisu & Ancestor)
Carey Lin (Peasant Woman 2)
Jo Mercado (Sambaso & Ancestor)
Kevin Mooney (Yama no Kami)
Michael Rosegrant (Gongen-Sama & Ancestor)
Michael Valladares (Shawnee)
Sophronia Vowels (Namazu & Ancestor)
Micheline Wu (Ancestor)

*Denotes Actors Equity Association member

Design and Management Heads (Alphabetical Order)
Ryan Blaney – Sound Designer
Qian Chengyuan – Lighting Designer
Ryan Goodwin – Costume Designer
Emilia Kaczmarkiewcz – Technical Director
Karin Naono – Stage Manager
Ricky Moats – Production Manager

Design and Production Team (Alphabetical Order)
Albina Aleksandrova – Assistant Scenic Design
Dylan Avillanoza – Run Crew
Gabe Bagdazian – Assistant Costume Designer
Katey Christianson – Properties Master
Shira Goldstein – Run Crew
Lawren Gregory – Master Carpenter
Daniel Ibrahim – Props
Timothy Lewis – Paint Charge
Ami Okazaki – Rehearsal Assistant to the Director
Aria Pegg – Assistant Properties Master
Emma Roth – Assistant Technical Director
Liza Ryus – Puppetry Head/Draper
Lee Speth – Production Assistant
Students of Stagecraft 147, 149, and 197 – Costume Build Crew and Paint/Scenic Build Crew