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Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Venue: The Theater at St. Jean

184 East 76th Street, New York, NY 10021

Tickets: $20 - 35


The art of Japanese Puppetry, Bunraku, also known as Ningyō Jōruri

will come alive in New York on December 1st!

A performance of “Fire Lookout Tower”, one of the most famous puppetry scenes, will be accompanied by presentations and demonstrations led by the Puppet Master Kanya Yoshida from the National Bunraku Theater in Osaka. This event will make this ancient art accessible and enjoyable even to those who are encountering it for the first time.

This is a unique opportunity to experience and learn about this beautiful and compelling art from Japan.

(The program will be presented in Japanese with English translation.)

Supported by TOSHIBA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION and The Japan Foundation, New York




A Lecture/Demonstration/Performance of BUNRAKU PUPPET THEATHER

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

The Nippon Zaidan Building 1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo Japan


The puppet master, Kanya Yoshida, will guide us in appreciating the sound of the shamisen, instruct us in how it takes three people to bring one puppet to life, and enlighten us about the Jōruri chanting.

This explanatory presentation will be followed by a performance of the famous fire lookout tower scene from Datemusume Koi no Higanoko.

Get a first look at this event scheduled for New York in the fall of 2018!

This program will be in Japanese with English interpretation.









                                  Performer : Toyotake Nozomidayu, Tsuruzawa Seishiro, Yoshida Kanya, Kiritake Montomi, Kiritake Kanjiro




Date:Saturday June 30th, 2018 at 2:30PM





Venue:The Nippon Zaidan Building 1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo



Tickets:3,500 yen (Adult), 3,000 yen (Paris Club Member), 2,000 yen (Student)



助成:公益財団法人東芝国際交流財団 後援:能ソサエティー後援会

協力:JSPS科研費 JP17K02401


Organized by Noh Society, Fondation franco-Japanaise Sasagawa, Groupe Economique Franco-Japonais (Paris Club)


Co-Operation :  JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number  JP17K02401



The Sound of Breathing

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A Lecture/Demonstration/Performance of Noh theater

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 5PM

Baruch Performing Arts Center


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 shite-kata performers from the Kanze Noh School .

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

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

The program will be in Japanese with English translation.



Experience Noh - a Workshop

Friday, March 9th, 2018 at 7PM

Tenri Cultural Institute

43A W13th St. New York, NY 10011


In conjunction with “The Sound of Breathing” Noh Society will host an “Experience Noh” workshop on March 9th (Friday) at the Tenri Cultural Center.

This workshop will be led by the internationally acclaimed Kanze School Noh performers Yoshinari Shimizu and Nobuyuki Kizuki, together with the 16th generation “kotsuzumi” (small hand drum) master Genjiro Okura.

In addition to instruction in Noh chanting and movement, there will be opportunities to wear Noh masks. Walking the stage with the restricted vision of a mask, accompanied by the sound of chanting and drums, will give a glimpse into the altered sense of time and space within Noh. An explanation of costumes and a demonstration of how they are worn will round out the event.


The Heart of Kyogen 2017



Lecture / Performance

Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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.



初めてのお能 Fall 2017


Noh Society is pleased to announce that we will present an introduction workshop of Noh for beginners and Intermediate. This special series of classes will offer people an opportunity to learn the history and the structure of Noh, and to experience Noh dance and songs.










In four sessions
(in Japanese)

9/6,  9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 2017

 from 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm for beginners
      from 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm for intermediate

Location: CRS  124 4th Ave, 3rd FL White Room

Cost: $140 ($120 for Noh Society members)


日程:9月6日、9月20日, 10月4日、10月18日

会場:CRS  124 4th Ave, 3rd FL White Room

 料金:4回レッスン $140 (Noh Society Member $120)

初級クラス 1:00PM~1:50PM(定員8名)
中級クラス 2:00PM~2:50PM(定員5名)



1, 歴史とお能の時空について

                           2, 謡(声楽): 能「熊野」より -発声法 節使い-

                    3, お能の身体 -構え すり足 型 扇の扱い-

                                                      4, 仕舞(舞):能「熊野」より仕舞 -構え すり足 型 扇の扱い-



                                                           2、謡 (声楽):能「羽衣」より - 発声法 節使い 呼吸について-

                                         3、仕舞(舞 前半):能「羽衣」より -構え すり足 型-


4、謡 仕舞 :能「羽衣」より




幼少より美術教育を受ける。東京藝術大学にて能楽専攻、能楽観世流シテ方 を学ぶ。渡米後、能の身体を探求しながら様々な分野のアーティストとコラ ボレーションを行う。現在、Noh Society Vice presidentとしてニューヨーク拠点 に日本在住の能、狂言師と共に能楽教育活動を行っている。


[必要なもの] 扇(初回貸出有。但し数に限りがある為、できれば購入して下さい。仕舞扇 $52) 白足袋 。動きやすい服装



江戸時代までは猿楽と呼ばれて おり、室町時代に観阿弥、世阿 弥により大成された歌舞劇。6 50年以上の歴史を持つ日本伝 統芸能で、現在はユネスコ世界 無形遺産に指定されている。 


能の舞などに添えらえる歌謡。舞台の状況描写や登場人物の深い心情を台詞や歌 で朗唱するもの。 





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。


出演: 善竹大二郎 大藏教義 宮本昇


日時: 2017年8月19日(土)午後3時開演(午後2時半会場)

場所: セルリアンタワー能楽堂(セルリアンタワー東京ホテル地下2階)

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」





呼吸をする音  ー能楽より「謡と小鼓の世界」







入場料 <全席自由>

[一般]  3,000円 [日仏経済交流会会員]  2,500円






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




Lecture & Performance : 

The Anatomy of Noh – Aoi no Ue


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

May 19 & 20, 2017 @ 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.

Noh Society’s benefit event

Noh Dance Performance & Wine Tasting

Friday March 24th, 2017 6:30 pm


Noh Society (a nonprofit, cultural and educational organization) is holding a benefit event of Noh dance performance by Mayo Miwa and wine tasting led by Sylvain Bouteillé who is a French wine lover and maker on Friday March 24th, 2017.

This event is to raise funds for our cultural and educational programs "The Heart of Kyogen II: Lecture - Performance" which will be held at Engelmann Recital Hall (One Bernard Baruch Way New York, NY) and New York University in September 2017.

We strongly believe that promoting Japanese arts in New York is a noble mission and can help developing a mutual understanding between the people of the U.S and Japan. We are also proud to support Japanese artists who dedicate their lives to maintain Japanese and often family traditions.

Thank you in advance for your support.

We truly hope to see you there!


Date:      Friday March 24th, 2017 6:30 pm

Venue:   Studio 303

                 520 West 27th Street Suite 303 New York, NY 10001


Price:      $150 ($100 tax deductible)



Introduction to Noh:

Japanese Traditional Theater 

Spring 2017

        A Noh song and dance class for Beginners


仕舞 & 謡


Life is busy: experience a moment of stillness 

with traditional Japanese theater.

Let the ancient art of Noh dance, which is meditation in movement, 

center your body; 

Let the deep vocalization of Noh song 

center your heart.

Learn Japanese aesthetic through Noh dance and chanting.







In four sessions: 

February 1, February 22, March 8and April 19, 2017

  from 2 pm - 3:15 pm


Location will be provided after registration


$120 for members of the Noh Society, $140 for non-members

Join the Noh Society at


Topics Covered

Feb.1    2:00-3:15pm

Basic Knowledge and History of Noh        

Feb.22   2:00-3:15pm

 Introduction to Utai (songs)           Chanting from the Noh play “Yuya” 

 Mar.8   2:00-3:15pm      

 The Physicality ofNoh                     Kamae (posture),  suriashi (movements) and the handling of the fan

 April 19  2:00-3:15pm

 Introduction to Shimai (dance)       Dance from the Noh play “Yuya” with Kata (choreography), Kamae (posture) and Suriashi (movements)                                    


What you need to bring to the classes:

  • A fan. If you don’t have a fan, for this course we can lend you one

  • White Tabi ( kimono socks) or white socks

  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing [a long skirt or pants etc.]



春季講座 (全4回)



費用:4回レッスン $140 (会員割引$120)

内容:2/2 お能の歴史と時空間について

   2/11 謡(声楽):能「熊野」より ー発声法 節使いー

   3/8 お能の身体 ー構え、すり足、型、扇の扱いー

   4/19 仕舞(舞):能「熊野」より仕舞 ー構え、すり足、型、扇の扱いー






Mayo Miwa, Instructor

Mayo Miwa majored in Noh theater at Tokyo University of the Arts and trained in Shite (leading) roles of Noh at the traditional Kanze School in Japan. Since moving to New York she has collaborated with artists from different media to develop the art of Noh in contemporary forms and to further explore the use of the physicality of traditional Noh theater. Since she and several professional colleagues founded the Noh Society in the United States, she has been actively facilitating Noh educational programs by bringing traditional Noh and Kyogen actors from Japan to present performances and workshops in New York. 


幼少より美術教育を受ける。東京藝術大学にて能楽専攻、能楽観世流シテ方を学ぶ。渡米後、能の身体を探求しながら様々な分野のアーティストとコラボレーションを行う。現在、Noh Society Vice presidentとしてニューヨークを拠点に日本在住の能、狂言師と共に能楽教育活動を行っている。

About Noh

Noh is a classical Japanese form of theatre that has been handed down through from generation to generation since the14th century. It has been called one of the worlds’ oldest performing arts. It has also been designated an “Intangible Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO. Noh is a total art form, comprised of drama, music, and dance elements.

About Utai

Utai is a form of Noh chant used in dialogues on stage, in which the characters sing on pitch with melody and rhythm.

About Shimai

Shimai is a short segment of a dance in a Noh play, in which the performer wears a Kimono and the Japanese traditional divided skirt, without putting on a mask and a Noh costume.