The Heart of Kyogen 2019 in USA

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With the laughter from the recent performances in Tokyo still resounding in our ears, The Heart of Kyogen 2019 will bring the Okura School Kyogen actors Daijiro Zenchiku, Noriyoshi Ohkura, and Shinkai Yoshida back to the USA for the third time!

This “performance of bold and free laughter” will take place in New York, Princeton, and Washington DC.
In New York they will reprise the Tokyo performances of “Busu”, popular for its bold story line, and “Neongyoku”, a work with song and dance which ends on a magnanimous note.
To deepen our understanding of the unique 650 year tradition of Kyogen, this event will begin with an explanation of the history, distinctive qualities, and means of expression used in Kyogen, combined with participatory experiences of some of the forms and onomatopoeic words used in performances.

November 7th 4:00 pm

at Princeton University

November 8th

7:00 pm

at Bruno Walter Auditorium

(The New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center)

Use of library space for this program does not indicate endorsement by The New York Public Library.

November 9th 10:00 am

at Keio Academy

November 10th 3:00 pm

at George Washington University

Supported by Daiwa Capital Markets, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Sumitomo Corporation of Americas Foundation, CRÉDIT AGRICOLE, J.C.C. Fund, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, JAPAN AIRLINES, Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management (USA), ITO EN

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The Heart of Kyogen 2019 in Tokyo

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善竹大二郎 大藏教義 吉田信海



日時: 2019年8月3日(土)午後4時開演

場所: セルリアンタワー能楽堂

入場料: 一般3,500円、会員3,000円、学生2,000円(全席自由席)










The Blossoming Spirits

Noh Lecture-Performance

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

May 1st & May 2nd, 2019    @8:15PM

Experience & learn about the classical Japanese theater of Noh with Kinue Oshima, the first female Noh actor from the Kita School, and her brother Teruhisa Oshima who is also an acclaimed Kita School Noh actor.They will be accompanied by Narumi Takizawa (flute) and Naoko Takahashi (small hand drum).

A full costume performance of “Hashitomi", a Noh play based on the character Yugao (Moonflower) from The Tale of Genji, combined with demonstrations will provide both insight and enjoyment.

The program will include a music & dance excerpt from “Tadanori” and a discussion of the difference between the supernatural and human in Noh. 


This program will be presented in Japanese with English translation.



Presented by Noh Society and Fukuyama Kita Association

Supported by THE TOKYO CLUB


Noh Society presents the following programs in conjunction with The Blossoming Spirits.

In cooperation with Georgetown University and the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, Noh Society will be able to present a lecture - performance of Noh, the Blossoming Spirits in Washington DC.

The Blossoming Spirits at Georgetown University

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Devine Studio Theatre, Dais Performing Arts Center

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The Blossoming Spirits at the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan

1150 18th Street Northwest, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036

Free and open to the public


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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

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




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.



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.

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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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