An Evening of Noh and Kyogen 2015
The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office organizes "An Evening of Noh and Kyogen" to give an opportunity to experience Japanese traditional culture to people from around the world, including students and researchers.
|Date||Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 6:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
|Venue||Kongo Nohgakudo (Nakadachiuri-agaru, Karasuma-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto )
(Tel: +81-(0)75-441-7222 )
|In collaboration with||The Kongo Nohgakudo Foundation|
|Endorsement||Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Kyoto City Tourist Association, The Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd.|
(all free seating)
|Tickets will be available from Wednesday, September 2 at||
The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office
Kyogen:SAKKA (Sakka, the Thief)
The Master sends Tarō Kaja to the capital to invite the Master’s uncle to come and help him teach renga (a kind of linked poem).
When Tarō Kaja reaches the capital, he remembers that he doesn’t know the uncle’s name, what he looks like, or where he lives, so he begins to shout that he wants to find his Master’s uncle. A famous thief named Sakka says he is the uncle, and they go home together.
The Master recognizes Sakka, but doesn’t want to make an enemy of him, so he tells Tarō Kaja to entertain him till the meal is ready. Tarō Kaja makes all kinds of mistakes in etiquette, till the Master instructs him to do and say just as he does. Tarō Kaja begins to parrot the Master’s words and actions. The Master gets angry, and begins to beat Tarō Kaja who in turn beats Sakka. The Master finally throws Tarō Kaja down and goes off. Tarō Kaja throws Sakka down, and follows his Master off. Sakka gets up, brushes himself off, and goes off in a daze.
<From A GUIDE TO KYOGEN by Don Kenny, Hinoki Shoten, 1990>
Noh: SESSHŌSEKI (Death Rock)
A travelling priest and his servant are startled to see a flying bird fall dead as it passes over a strange-looking rock on Nasu-no. When they go to approach the rock they are stopped by a woman who suddenly appears and tells them that it is called the Death Rock and has power to kill any living thing that comes near it. She explains that it houses an evil spirit which was killed there long ago after it had been chased from the Palace because it had gravely imperiled the life of the Emperor. She then reveals that she is the spirit, and vanishes. The priest then says a mass on behalf of the spirit, whereupon the rock splits in two and the devil appears in its true form. It admits the evil deeds it has done in the past, but now promises that, in return for the prayers of the priest, it will henceforth do no harm.
<From A GUIDE TO NŌ by P. G. O’Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1954>
Actor of Okura School of Kyogen Shigeyama Sengoro XIII was born in 1945, as the eldest son of Shigeyama Sensaku IV (Living National Treasure and member of the Japan Art Academy). He studied under his grandfather Sensaku III and father Sensaku IV. He made his stage debut as a shite (leading actor) in 1949 in the play Iroha.
He performed overseas for the first time in 1973 in Europe, followed by a number of tours in Europe and the United States.
He organized the Hanagata Kyogen Kai group of young Kyogen actors in 1976. He is recipient of the Kyoto Municipal New Artist Award (1986), the Kyoto Prefectural Culture Award’s Distinguished Service Prize (2004), and the National Arts Festival Grand Prize (2008). He is a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (collective recognition).
In 1990, he was sent by the Japan Foundation to perform in a series of programs in Southeast Asia. In 1994, he succeeded to the name of Shigeyama Sengoro.
Twenty-sixth head of the Kongo school of Noh Hisanori Kongo was born in 1951, as the eldest son of the 25th head of the Kongo school Iwao Kongo. He made his stage debut in Shojo at the age of five. Kongo Hisanori is recipient of the Kyoto Municipal New Artist Award (1984) and the Kyoto Prefectural Culture Award’s New Artist Prize (1986) and Distinguished Service Prize (2005). In 1991, he was designated a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (collective recognition). In 1998, he succeeded as 26th head of the Kongo school.
The major plays he has performed include Dojoji, Ataka, Tokusa, Sotoba Komachi, and Higaki. He has also toured overseas a number of times, as head of a troupe performing in North America, Canada, Spain, and elsewhere.
He is managing director of the Nihon Nohgaku-kai, President of the Kongokai, and President of the Kongo Nohgakudo Foundation, as well as a visiting professor at the Kyoto City University of Arts and the Doshisha University.
The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office
(3rd Floor, Kyoto International Community House 2-1 Torii-cho, Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto)