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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…

Kanze Kiyokazu at Lincoln Center NY – July 2016

Good news for Noh lovers in NY this summer! Check this out (original article here) “Lincoln Center Festival opens on July 13 with two elegantly ritualized productions with origins in Japan and China. One of Japan’s oldest and most venerated Noh theater companies, Kanze Noh Theatre led by Kiyokazu Kanze, the 26th Grand Master of…

INI Summer Intensive Program 2016

The INI – International Noh Institute is now accepting applications for its 2016 Summer Intensive Program. Participants will join INI members for a 2-week intensive training period. Learn everything about it HERE. Source: INI Summer Intensive Program 2016

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Spring Keikokai 2016

Every February members of Udaka Michishige’s training group, the Kei’un-kai, including members of the International Noh Institute, gather in Kyoto for a kenkyu-kai, or ‘research meeting’. According to the traditional calendar this is the beginning of the spring (立春), hence the name of this meeting. This year’s spring kenkyu-kai took place on Sunday 14th February and has been quite…

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Noh Flute Workshop At Royal Holloway – London

Noh flute master Fujita Rokubyoei is giving a workshop Royal Holloway University of London, where I did my PhD. This is a great chance for those of you who are in the London area to learn about noh music from one of the top-ranking performers in Japan. Royal Holloway has a great space for noh performance that has been…

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[FREE] 2016 New Year Noh performances

The New Year period is a busy time for Noh actors! Augural plays wishing long life and happiness are performed at various locations, especially Shinto shrines. If you are in Kyoto during the first week of January 2016, I recommend that you check out these FREE Noh performances. Link to a (partial) performance calendar of the Kongo…