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…

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Present and Future of Noh seminar series

Today I am going to speak at the Fall Seminar series entitled Present and Future of Noh, organized by the Hosei University Noh Research Institute in Kyoto. I am honored to have been invited to talk about the International Noh Institute and Udaka Michishige. Today I will be presenting along with shite actor Kanze Yoshimasa…

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Noh and Kyogen: Lessons For School Teachers

Teaching Noh and Kyogen at elementary, middle, and high schools is part of a larger plan to educate the Japanese youth in the Japanese classic performing arts introduced by the ministry of education in recent years. This sounds like a good idea, as one of the biggest problems the contemporary world of Noh is facing is…

Sign language Kyogen

Quick link. Tokyo-based theatre group Japanese Theatre of the Deaf (also on Facebook) performs traditional Kyogen in sign language (shuwa 手話in Japanese). Following up their recent performances in London BBC reporter joins one of their workshops in sign-language traditional comedy. Unfortunately the video only works for those in the UK. I have only recently found out about…

Kyogen for children

Another children-oriented TV version of a popular Kyogen piece, 千鳥 Chidori. This time featuring the multi-faceted Nomura Mansai.

Parents & Children Noh

Any non-Japanese Noh enthusiast has sooner or later faced the bitter truth about the scarce interest of his or her Japanese peers. ‘reminds me of my grandpa’.. ‘it’s stuff only good for ojisan’.. ‘isn’t it called Kabuki?’ are only some of the responses I heard from young Japanese when engaged in a conversation on what…