Japanese Performance Theory Workshop at University of Michigan

I repost here information on the forthcoming Japanese Performance Theory Workshop at University of Michigan, organized by Prof. Reginald Jackson. This looks like a wonderful chance to start thinking about how we could build bridges between the scholarship on Japanese theatre, often based on a literary/historical approach, and the rich variety of methodologies that have become common practice…

Kongo School events – January 2017

2016 was a terrible year in so many ways. What better way to start the new year than with Noh! Here are a few dates you may want to save if you are in Kyoto in January 2017 Jan 3 from 09:00 Yasaka Shrine Okina free of charge Jan 3 from 12:00 Kongo Noh Theatre, Utai-zome (ritual chanting of Okina,…

The 16th UDAKA Michishige Men-no-Kai Noh Mask Exhibition

The 16th edition of the Men-no-kai exhibition celebrates Udaka Michishige’s 70th birthday and will feature masks by him as well as several by his students. Michishige’s masks have been published in The Secrets of Noh Masks (Kodansha International) and The Way of Noh (Casadeilibri). Place: Kyoto Prefectural Center for Arts and Culture 2nd Floor Kawaramachi Hironokoji-sagaru, Kamigyo-ku (across from…

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Ominameshi (Kongo Monthly Noh October 2016)

This coming Sunday, 23rd of October Udaka Michishige is going to perform the Noh Ominameshi 女郎花 at the Kongo Noh Theatre in Kyoto. Here is a summary of the play. A Traveling Priest comes to Mt. Otoko on the western outskirts of the capital in the autumn and seeing that the area is covered with beautiful…

Live subtitles on tablet at Noh performances

This is something I’ve been involved in recently, translating Japanese into English for Hinoki Noh publishing house. I hope I will be able to translate texts in Italian too, some day! Multilingual subtitles at the Noh theatre would be amazing. The picture above shows the introductory section spectators can read before the performance begins. After that the…

Noh Charity Performance for Kumamoto

Kanze and Kongo school Noh actors, as well as Kyogen actors will perform in a 2-part charity event as part of the Kumamoto earthquake relief effort. Performances will take place on August 25th at the newly-built Rohm Theatre in Kyoto (Okazaki area). The first section (from 10:30) features the Noh Tsunemasa, Hagoromo, the Kyogen Busu and the half-noh Kokaji. The…

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INI trainees – Hana Lethen

Hana Lethen lives in Texas and is a junior at Princeton University majoring in Comparative Literature, with a focus on Japanese and Russian language and culture. She spent her spring semester 2016 … Source: INI trainees – Hana Lethen

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Next challenge: an important tsure role

My teacher’s son Udaka Norishige is preparing to perform as shite in the play Kayoi Komachi, at the bimonthly training session his father organises. When my schedule permits (they usually do this in the morning) I join in a chorus member, but this time I will take the tsure companion of the shite role. In Kayoi…

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Noh Reimagined in London

A wonderful series of Noh events coming up in London! Noh Reimagined – The Contemporary Art of Classical Japanese Theatre Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May 2016, Kings Place, London Art, Music, Dance & The Divine Noh originated in the 14th century and has been performed continuously since, making it among the oldest unbroken performance…