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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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…

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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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…

Wakate Noh Young Performers Series 2015

Wakate Noh – young Noh and Kyogen performers from the Kanze, Kongo and Okura schools will perform on the Kanze Kaikan stage on Saturday 27 June 2015 from 11:00. Udaka Tatsushige will take the shite in the Noh Miwa, the first play in the schedule, featuring the kagura instrumental dance. Feel free to contact me for more details and/or tickets. See…

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New Nogaku Times website

Nogaku Shorin, publisher of the Nogaku Times, the most popular monthly tabloid reporting on the world of Noh with interviews, essays and performance ‘reviews’ (or ‘reports’, as they should be called) has finally made the move toward digitalisation launching the Nogaku Times website. While I believe most of the contents will still be available only in…

Tadasu Kanjin Noh 2015

Hello! I apologise to my readers for not having written much in a long time. I am working on multiple research projects at the moment besides teaching and writing duties as always. Anyway I though I would take five just to share my excitement about attending the Tadasu Kanjin Noh at Shimogamo Shrine this Saturday…

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Awaji

On May 12th I’m going to sing in the chorus for the maibayashi (dance and music excerpt) from the Noh Awaji at the Ninomaru Castle Takigi Noh in Matsuyama (Ehime pref.). This time the shite is going to be Higaki Takafumi, while Udaka Michishige is going to lead the chorus. It is the first time for me to…