Theater in the “Deep”: W. B. Yeats’s At the Hawk’s Well

Dying Cuchulain

“The Dying Cuchulain.” (Photograph of sculpture). Courtesy of Howard Goldbaum (

Yeats learned about noh from Pound, Noguchi Yone, and Ito Michio, then used features of the form to help him to create his plays for dancers. Yeats’s 1916 At the Hawk’s Well was a Hagoromo-inspired collaboration with Pound, Ito, Edmund Dulac, and others, which reveals Yeats’s idiosyncratic nationalism.

2.8 Old Man AHW

British actor Allan Wade as “the Old Man” in Yeats’ play, “At the Hawk’s Well,” 1916. © George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film.

Clip 3 Fan work in Hagoromo kiri, performed by Carrie J. Preston.

Clip 4 Arms swinging from crossed fifth position en avant to fifth en haut then opening to second position as in ballet, performed by Carrie J. Preston.