Pizza Nohgaku

I have already posted something on unconventional/ironic ways of using Noh theatre, but I think this goes beyond what I have encountered so far. I am unsure I understand the process that led to the creation of the video below; I don’t even know whether the Noh utai amateur pizza-ossan was a  victim of this…

Exercises of Memory – Makura-Jido at Hourinji

On Friday, 10th September I joined Udaka Michishige’s performance of the Noh Makura-jido (枕慈童) at Hourinji temple (法輪寺) in the Arashiyama area. Another student of Sensei, Hanna McGaughey, has posted on this performance a couple of years ago. I served as a member of the ji-utai chorus, reason why I have been spending the week…

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…