An Evening of Noh and Kyogen 2016

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 Tuesday, November 22, 2016 from 6:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m)
Venue Kyoto Kanze Nohplay Theater
(44 Enshoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto)
Program

<Kyogen>
HAGI DAIMYŌ (The daimyo and the Bush Clover Blossoms)
Featuring: Sensaku Shigeyama

<Noh>
HAGOROMO (The Robe Of Feather)
Featuring:Kurouemon Katayama

Organized by

The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office

The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute, Kansai

In collaboration with Katayama Noh and Kyomai Preservation Foundation,
Kyoto Kanzekai
Endorsement Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Kyoto City Tourist Association, The Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd.
Admission Fees
(all free seating)

¥3,500(students:¥2,000)
*Group discount(20 people or more)
¥3,150 (students:¥1,800)

Tickets will be available from Wednesday, September 27 at

Kyoto Kanze Nohplay Theater
(44 Enshoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto))
Tel: +81-(0)75-771-6114

The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office
(3rd Floor, Kyoto International Community House 2-1 Torii-cho, Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto)
Tel: +81-(0)75-762-1136

Programme Synopsis

Kyogen:HAGI DAIMYŌ (The Daimyō and the Bush Clover Blossoms)

Photo of Kyogen: SAKKA(HAGI DAIMYŌ)

Synopsis:
A country Daimyō has been busy in the capital for several months and decides he needs some recreation. He asks Tarō Kaja for advice on what to do and where to go. Tarō Kaja suggests viewing a garden that he knows of, that has beautiful flowering clover bushes. The price for seeing the garden is the recitation of a poem. The Daimyō is not very well educated and has a very poor memory so Tarō Kaja uses several tricks to help the Daimyō remember the poem he has taught him. The Daimyō is confident that with the hints Tarō Kaja has arranged, he will be able to recite the poem, but when the time comes, he gets stage fright and forgets everything. He also makes unbelievable mistakes in etiquette. In the middle of the proceedings, Tarō Kaja gets disgusted and goes home. Finally the Garden Owner gets angry and chases the Daimyō out.

<From A GUIDE TO KYOGEN by Don Kenny, Hinoki Shoten, 1968>

Noh: HAGOROMO  (The Robe Of Feathers)

Photo of Noh:HAGOROMO (The Robe Of Feathers)

Synopsis:
Some fishermen are walking at Matsubara on Mio Bay when one of them finds a beautiful robe hanging from the branch of a pine tree. He is about to take this home when an angel comes to claim it, explaining that it is a feather robe from Heaven. This makes the fisherman determined to keep it as a national treasure, but when the angel tells him that without it she can never again ascend to Heaven he is so moved by her distress that he agrees to return it if she will dance for him. He at first refuses to give it back before she dances for fear that she will fly away as soon as the robe is hers again, but when the angel tells him that such behavior is only to be found in the ways of men, he shamefacedly gives up the robe. Overjoyed now, the angel puts it on and dances. Then, calling down blessings without number on the land, she disappears up to Heaven among the mists and clouds.

<From A GUIDE TO NŌ by P. G. O’neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1954>

Profile

Sensaku Shigeyama

Photo of Sensaku Shigeyama

Actor of Okura School of Kyogen Shigeyama Sensaku V 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. In 1990, he was sent by the Japan Foundation to perform in a series of programs in Southeast Asia.

He is recipient of the Kyoto Prefectural Culture Award’s Distinguished Service Prize (2004), and the National Arts Festival Grand Prize (2008). He is also a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (collective recognition). In 2016, he received The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays.

In 1994, he succeeded to the name of Shigeyama Sengoro, and then in 2016, he succeeded to the name of Shigeyama Sensaku.

Kurouemon Katayama

Photo of Kurouemon Katayama

A shite (primary actor) of the Kanze School of Noh, Kurouemon Katayama was born in 1964 in Kyoto as the first son of Yusetsu Katayama (Kurouemon Katayama IX). His grandmother was the late Yachiyo Inoue IV, the former head of the Inoue School of the traditional Kyoto Kyomai dance, and his older sister is Yachiyo Inoue V, the head of the Inoue School.

He studied Noh under his father and then Tetsunojo Kanze VIII. He organizes the Katayama Regular Noh performances. He performs frequently in theaters throughout the country, and often joins overseas tours to Europe, the United States, and other countries as well.

He is involved in a variety of activities which are designed to share the joy of Noh with younger generations, including visiting Noh classes at schools, production of Noh picture books, and the creation of virtual Noh plays using computer graphics technology.

He is a recipient of the Kyoto Prefectural Cultural Encouragement Award, the Kyoto Municipal New Artist Award, the New Artist Award of the National Arts Festival of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation Award, the Kyoto Prefectural Culture Award’s Distinguished Service Prize, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists.

He is a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (collective recognition), and he also serves as director of the Kyoto Kanze Kai association and President of the Katayama Noh and Kyomai Preservation Foundation.

 

[Contact Us]

The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office
(3rd Floor, Kyoto International Community House 2-1 Torii-cho, Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto)
Tel: +81-(0)75-762-1136

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