Adrenaline

I was listening to this radio show about extreme sports… Among the various neurotransmitters rushing whenever we are exposed to danger is adrenaline. Adrenalin rush affects our body in various ways – among these, it helps fixation of memories. Experiencing danger triggers adrenalin release, making such experience extraordinary and unforgettable. This seems to have a pedagogic…

Diego and Carol - 'yoroshiku onegaishimasu'

Thoughts and pictures from the Noh workshop at HUB Kyoto

On Sunday 21st April I led a Noh theatre workshop for foreigners at the HUB Kyoto, Kyohakuin. It’s been a wonderful experience and a great chance to meet foreigners who share an interest in Noh and who are willing to try their best with Noh utai chant and shimai dance. Kyohakuin is an ex-school featuring a…

Noh workshop at HUB Kyoto

On Sunday 21st April the INI International Noh Institute will hold a Noh workshop at the HUB Kyoto, Kyohakuin (see below for details & directions). NOH THEATRE WORKSHOP INI Encounters with Noh Series at HUB Kyoto 21 April, 14:00-17:15 Noh drama, Japanese traditional theatre of masks, music and abstract and mimetic movement, is the world’s…

Seiza

I still have not quite understood to what extent working on the floor is good for the body. If one were only to be sitting in seiza that would not be a problem as it actually helps you keeping your back straight. But what about moving, bending, reaching for objects and all the other usual…

Yashima

This is going to be my next memory effort. The next hayashi kenkyukai is coming up mid-August, and I am slated to be in the jiutai (chorus) for the Noh Yashima, among other things. I will post more about the kenkyukai (what it is, how it works) in the following posts.

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,…