5:00 PM17:00



A Lecture/Demonstration/Performance of Noh theater

 Saturday, March 10th, 2018  @ 5PM 


Baruch Performing Arts Center

55 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10010

Tickets: $35 ( Noh Society Member $30, Student $ 15 )



Noh, classical Japanese theater, resounds with beauty, power and artistry. This is why it has thrived for seven centuries. This stylized drama uses masks, chant, instrumental music, choreography, and splendid costuming to communicate universal human truths.

 The Sound of Breathing explores aspects of this profound Japanese art form through utai (songs) and ko-tsuzumi (small hand drums).

 The presentation will be led by Genjiro Okura, the 16th Grand Master of the Okura School of ko-tsuzumi-kata (small hand drum), together with Yoshinari Shimizu and Nobuyuki Kizuki, who are performers from the Kanze Noh School.

 The program will culminate in a short performance of Noh play, Yashima, in full costume.

 This is a rare opportunity to discover and experience Noh, an art form with over 650 years of history.

The program will be in Japanese with English translation.

Supported by: THE TOKYO CLUB


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The Heart of Kyogen 2017
7:00 PM19:00

The Heart of Kyogen 2017

Noh Society presents

The Heart of Kyogen 2017

Lecture / Performance

Baruch Performing Arts Center

55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010 (25th St. bet. Lexington & 3rd. Aves.)

Friday September 29th, 2017    7:00 pm

The acclaimed Ohkura School Kyogen actors Noriyoshi Ohkura and Daijiro Zenchiku are returning to New York!

Having delighted audiences with their performances and laughter in 2016, this year Mr. Ohkura and Mr. Zenchiku will perform the Kyogen classics, “SHIMIZU” (Spring Water) and “KAGYU” (Snail).

“SHIMIZU” is about a servant who cannot be bothered to get the water needed for a tea ceremony and makes up a story about a demon appearing at the spring...

“SNAIL” tells the improbable events that ensue when a servant agrees to bring back a snail that is an elixir of long life. The servant has no idea what a snail is and assumes a sleeping priest he encounters is the snail he is seeking...

Mr. Ohkura and Mr. Zenchiku will preface the performances with a lecture on the history of Kyogen and demonstrations of Kyogen acting techniques, stage effects, and sound use, making the performance readily accessible to everyone. (The program will be presented in Japanese with English supertitles.)

Kyogen is traditional Japanese comic theater. Kyogen dates back to the 14th century and was designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2001.

Supported by J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York.




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この夏、”狂言”に行こう! The Heart of Kyogen 2017 東京公演
3:00 PM15:00

この夏、”狂言”に行こう! The Heart of Kyogen 2017 東京公演


In response to the acclaimed Kyogen lecture/demonstration/performances of 2016, Noriyoshi Ohkura and Daijiro Zenchiku will be returning with a new program! The Tokyo performance is scheduled for August 19th, and New York for September 29th.


大蔵流狂言師 善竹大二郎と大藏教義による新企画。


 善竹大二郎 大藏教義 宮本昇




入場料   一般 3,500円、学生 2,000円(全席自由席)




1, お話 これだけは知っておきたい演出方法

2. 演目 「清水」「蝸牛」








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呼吸する音 ー能楽より「謡と小鼓の世界」
2:30 PM14:30

呼吸する音 ー能楽より「謡と小鼓の世界」









観世流シテ方能楽師。1973年 神奈川県横浜市生まれ。二十六世観世宗家・観世清和に師事し、2006年独立。祖父・清水義忠 曾祖父・清水八郎は共に観世流能楽師であり幼少より舞台に立つ。1979年 仕舞「熊野」で初舞台。1994年 東京芸術大学音楽学部邦楽科能楽卒業。




大倉流小鼓方十六世宗家。1957年大阪生まれ。十五世宗家大倉長十郎の次男。父に師事。1965年独鼓「鮎の段」で初舞台。1985年大倉流宗家を継承。通常の能公演はもとより、誰もが日本文化である「能」と気軽に出会えるよう「能楽堂を出た能」を制作する。 パリ、ニューヨークなどの海外公演にも数多く参加。日本能楽会会員(重要無形文化財総合指定)



[ 会場アクセス]

日仏会館ホール (Maison franco-japonaise)

〒150-0013 東京都渋谷区恵比寿3−9−25

TEL: 03-5424-1141


JR 山手線 恵比寿駅東口 徒歩約10分

東京メトロ日比谷線 恵比寿駅1番出口 徒歩約12分 



主催/ Noh Society、能ソサエティー後援会 

共催/日仏経済交流会 パリクラブ


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The Anatomy of Noh  - Aoi no Ue -
to May 20

The Anatomy of Noh - Aoi no Ue -

The Anatomy of Noh  - Aoi no Ue  

 Lecture / Performance


Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W. 13th Street, New York, NY

May 19th & 20th, 2017  At 7:00PM


Noh Society presents a lecture/performance “The Anatomy of Noh – Aoi no Ue” featuring the renowned Noh actor Yoshinari Shimizu from the Kanze School on May 19th and 20th.

Mr. Shimizu will examine “Aoi no Ue” based on the classic “The Tale of Genji” and decode how human obsession is embodied in this Noh play with explanations of Japanese aesthetics from the Japanese view of life and death.

The presentation will culminate in a short performance of “Aoi no Ue” in an intimate setting after he explains the anatomy of Noh with its importance of physical balance and use of space on the stage with a demonstration of the choreography, walking method, and chanting. 

Yoshinari Shimizu performs in more than 150 programs a year in Japan and overseas. Last year he played one of the Lions at “ Shakyo” at the Lincoln Center Festival.

This is a unique opportunity to discover and experience Noh, an art form handed down for over 650 years.

The program will be in Japanese with English translation.

Supported by Consulate General of Japan in New York and Tenri Cultural Institute of New York.


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to Oct 22

The Heart of Kyogen: Lecture - Demonstration -Performance

At Tenri Cultural Institute, Hunter College and Lyceum kennedy Japanese school in New York

Noh Society presented a lecture - demonstration -performance featuring 26th generation Okura School Kyogen actors, Noriyoshi Okura and Daijiro Zenchiku. To demystify profound 650-year-old Japaneseart form, they presented a lecture about the various performance elements of Kyogen, including stage effects and sound effects. 

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