An Evening of Noh and Kyogen 2017

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, November 29, 2017 from 6:30 p.m.
(Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.)
Venue Kongo Noh Theatre (karasuma-nakadachiuri, kamigyo-ku, Kyoto)
Tel:075-441-7222
Program A Kyogen play, MORAI MUKO  (The Repentant Husband)
Featuring: SHIGEYAMA Sensaku
A Noh play, AOI NO UE  (The Lady Aoi )
Featuring: KONGO Hisanori
Organizers The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office
The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute, Kansai
Collaboration The Kongo Noh Theatre Foundation
Endorsement Kyoto Prefecture,Kyoto City, Kyoto City Tourist Association,The Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd.
Admission Fees
(all free seating)

¥3,500(¥2,000 for students)
A Party reduction(more than twenty)→ 10% off

Tickets will be available from Wednesday, 27 September at

Kongo Noh Theatre (karasuma-nakadachiuri, kamigyo-ku, Kyoto/Tel: 075-441-7222) and
The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office (3rd Floor, Kyoto International Community House2-1 Torii-cho, Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto / Tel:075-762-1136)

Programme Synopsis

Kyogen:MORAI MUKO (The Repentant Husband)

Photo of Kyogen:

Synopsis:
A Young Man comes home drunk, fights with his Wife, and sends her home to her Father giving her a dagger as a sign that this time, his desire for a divorce is final. It appears that this is not the first time this sort of thing has happened. When she reaches her Father’s house, she tearfully declares that she will never return to her Husband, and her Father swears that he will never allow her to return. The next morning when the Young Man has sobered up, and the baby cries for its mother, he goes to get his Wife back, but the Father insists that she is not in his house. The Husband swears that he will never drink another drop of liquor, and will never try to divorce her again, and that the baby is helpless without its Mother. The Father-in-law still claims he doesn’t know where she is. The Wife, moved by her Husband’s tears, appears and says she will go back with him. The Father-in-law gets angry, and tries to force her to stay. The Husband and Wife finally throw the old Father-in-law down and go happily on their way home. The Father-in-law picks himself up and shouts after them that beginning next year, they will not be allowed to participate in the village festival.

<From A GUIDE TO KYOGEN by Don Kenny, Hinoki Shoten, 1979>

Noh:AOI NO UE (The Lady Aoi)

Photo of Noh:

Synopsis:
Due to the jealousy and hatred of the Lady Rokujō who was the former mistress of Prince Genji, the Lady Aoi (represented on the stage by a folded robe) lies stricken with a mysterious illness. A priestess is summoned and evokes the evil spirit that is afflicting the Lady Aoi by plucking the string of a bow of catalpa wood. The spirit appears, gives vent to its hatred and then retires. A priest is called to help and when the evil spirit reappears, this time in its true form, he eventually subdues it by the power of his incantations.
(Translation by Waley.)

<From A GUIDE TO NŌ by P. G. O’neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1981>

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, a 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.

Hisanori Kongo

Photo of Hisanori Kongo

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) and the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize (2016). In 1991, he was designated a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (collective recognition). In 1998, he succeeded as the 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 a head of the troupe performing in America, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russia, 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.

[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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