THE HEART OF BUNRAKU
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT - NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
Date: December 1, 2018
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Venue: The Theater at St. Jean
184 East 76th Street, New York, NY 10021
The art of Japanese Puppetry, Bunraku, also known as Ningyō Jōruri
will come alive in New York on December 1st!
A performance of "Datemusume Koi no Higanoko" - Hinomi Yagura no Dan, 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
THE HEART OF BUNRAKU in Tokyo
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)
Organized by Noh Society, Fondation franco-Japanaise Sasagawa, Groupe Economique Franco-Japonais (Paris Club)
Supported by TOSHIBA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION, Noh Society Koenkai
Co-Operation : JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP17K02401
The Sound of Breathing
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.
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.
出演： 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」
[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。
日仏会館ホール (Maison franco-japonaise)
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
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.
THE HEART OF KYOGEN
Lecture – Demonstration - Performance
October 19th - 22nd, 2016
EXPERIENCE THE JOYOUS LAUGHTER OF KYOGEN, the Japanese classical comic theater which seeks out the humor in people’s daily lives
Noh Society presented "The Heart of Kyogen: lecture- demonstration - performance" in New York, featuring 26th generation Okura School Kyogen actors, Noriyoshi Okura and Daijiro Zenchiku. To demystify this profound 650-year-old Japanese art form, they presented a lecture about the various performance elements of Kyogen, including stage effects and sound effects. After the Kyogen actors demonstrated the intricate and efficient manner in which they put on their costumes, they performed a Kyogen play “Bonsan” which told the story of a dull-witted, amateur thief.
The lecture was presented with simultaneous English translation. This program was supported by the Japan Foundation and Tenri Cultural Institute.
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Experience a night of Kyogen, the foundation of Japanese comedy