This final presentation of the Performing Arts season theme, Noh~NOW!, offers a rare opportunity to experience the tradition of noh and kyogen theater in the outdoor takigi (bonfire) style. Performed outdoors at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza park (across from Japan Society and one block from the United Nations), this exceptional program includes Hojo, a forgotten play of the taikoh-noh repertoire from the late 16th century that survives only in scripts, presented in a contemporary re-conceptualization staged by leading noh artist Umewaka Rokuro; Izutsu, a haunting tale of enduring love from the classical noh repertoire performed by members of Tessen-kai, led by Kanze Tetsunojo; and Igui, an exuberant kyogen piece about a magic hood that renders the wearer invisible, featuring renowned master and film/TV star Nomura Mansai and his seven-year-old son.
Noh & Kyogen Workshop in Dag Hammaskjold Park
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Immerse yourself in the centuries-old practice of noh and kyogen training. With exercises in movement and music, this workshop gives first-hand experience of these art forms. Free limited registration. Admissions coupons required. Details to be announced on Japan Society website on June 25, 2007.