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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…

Hosei University Noh Research Institute – 60th Anniversary Symposium

On November 18th I attended the 60th Anniversary symposium, organised by Hosei University’s Nogami Memorial Noh Research Institute. As Prof. Yamanaka Reiko explained in her introduction, the symposium was the latest of six decennial events that mark the growing progress and outstanding research results of the Research Centre. This year’s symposium was entitled ‘Noh no shosa…

Kiyotsune

I am spending a couple of weeks in my hometown, Brescia, Italy, where I return quite often not only to visit my family and friends, but also to train with Monique Arnaud, the Noh teacher that first introduced me to Noh theatre. Arnaud is a shihan, a Noh instructor licensed by the iemoto of our stylistic school,…

New essay: Leoni che folleggiano fra le peonie in fiore

The new issue of the Journal Prove di Drammaturgia, entirely dedicated to Noh theatre, features my article on the first Noh theatre performance in the West in Venice 1954. The journal is available here. The journal is entirely in Italian, though I am currently working on an English version of the essay. Prove di Drammaturgia n.1/2012…

Sakura. Tribute to Japan

It is difficult to find words to illustrate what was meant to describe the indescribable. This is Sakura. A Tribute to Japan: an Italian project by Gio’ Fronti,  directed by Alessandra Pescetta, and starring Monique Arnaud, a short film dedicated to the victims (dead and alive) of the Fukushima disaster. Arnaud, director of the International Noh Institute…

AsiaTeatro

AsiaTeatro is a new project coordinated by Carmen Covito (writer and translator), dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge of Asian traditional performance in the Italian language. AsiaTeatro is both a website and an academic journal. The website offers introductory notions of performance traditions belonging to the four geographic areas in which it is subdivided (Japan, China, India…

Meet the other half

The other day I was doing some winter clothes shopping at the local Uniqlo store when something peculiar happened. For the past couple of weeks I have been living in Dazaifu (Fukuoka prefecture), a small, yet historically relevant village where the ‘Asian-other’ population (Korean and Chinese) is rather large, while ‘Western-looking people’ are almost unknown.…

Noh Chant and Dance Lessons in Milan, Italy

16 ottobre 2011, Apertura corso di Danza e Canto del Teatro Noh From internationalnohinstituteitaly Un’opportunità per studiare e provare il canto e la danza del Noh, secondo la tradizione della scuola Kongoh, con la Maestra Monique Arnaud  Inizio del corso con stage intensivo:  Domenica 16 ottobre 2011 Il corso sarà strutturato in: Lezioni individuali, Lezioni collettive di avviamento allo…