9/12 The 11the Annual Udaka Seigan Noh Performance

Kongo Noh Theatre, Kyoto 1:30~5:00 p.m. (doors open at 12:30)Noh: TATSUTA Shite: UDAKA Tatsushige Kyogen: FUTARI DAIMYO Shite: SHIGEYAMA ShimeAdo: SHIGEYAMA DojiKoado: SHIGEYAMA Akira Noh: “KAYOI KOMACHI The Nightly Courting of Komachi ” Shite: UDAKA MichishigeTsure: UDAKA Norishige Tickets: General admission advance ¥5,000(At the door ¥6,000) all non-reserved seatingStudent ¥2,500 Information about the plays will…

Matsuyama ‘mushiboshi’

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to participate to the Mushiboshi (虫干) of the Shinonome Shinto shrine (東雲神社) in Matsuyama, Shikoku, where the ancestors of my Master, Udaka Michishige, used to live and perform under the patronage of the aristocrats settled in Matsuyama castle. Mushiboshi (lit. ‘drying insects’) is a periodical cleaning and…

Hiroshima’s Prayer for Peace

Yesterday (July 9th 2010) Udaka Michishige‘s Genshigumo (原子雲, a newly-written Noh play on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) was performed in Hiroshima for the first time. I had the chance to follow Udaka-Sensei, and take part in the introductory speeches of the performance, reading messages from members of the International Noh Institute around…

Asian Performing Arts Forum (via Asianperformingartsforum’s Blog)

The Asian Performing Arts Forum was founded in June 2010 as a strategic partnership among the Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research at Royal Holloway, University of London, Roehampton University’s Centre for Dance Research and the East Asian Performance Research Group at the University of Reading, with the support of the Centre for Creative Collaboration. It…

Taikai 2010 – the aftermath

This year’s INI International Noh Institute – Keiunkai Taikai, in celebration of 50 years of stage life of Master Actor Udaka Michishige, has come to a close. It is difficult to draw all the impressions on such a special event in one single post. There are so many aspects and viewpoints it would be necessary to…

INI – International Noh Institute Gala Recital

This year’s INI – International Noh Institute Gala Recital celebrates 50 years of stage life of its founder, Master-Actor Udaka Michishige (Kongo School). Noh: Yuki (‘The Snow’) Makiginu (‘The Rolls of Silk’) The program will also include a variety of chant and dance excerpts. Foreign and Japanese students of Udaka Michishige will perform on stage. Information…

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Tomorrow I am embarking on a new journey to Japan.  After I began to practice Noh theatre I went back to Japan almost every spring in order to undertake training with Udaka Michishige in Kyoto. For someone like me, coming from a non-Japanese studies background, it is rather hard to find opportunities to go to…