An Evening of Noh and Kyogen 2018

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 20, 2018 from 6:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m)
Venue Kyoto Kanze Nohplay Theater
(44 Enshoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto)
Flyer: An Evening of Noh and Kyogen 2018 (PDF:5.81MB)
Program

<Kyogen>
SUMINURI (Black Crocodile Tears)
Featuring: Sensaku Shigeyama

<Noh>
AMA (The Fisher-girl)
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
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 Tuesday, September 18 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:SUMINURI (Black Crocodile Tears)

Photo of Kyogen: SUMINURI (Black Crocodile Tears)

Synopsis:
A Daimyo, who has finished his business in the capital, calls Taro Kaja to inform him that they will leave for home soon. Before leaving he must visit his Mistress to tell her good-bye. They go to her house, and she expresses great sorrow at the news. Taro Kaja notices that her sorrow is being expressed by the use of water from a bowl to simulate tears. He informs the Daimyo of this, but he refuses to believe him, so Taro Kaja secretly changes the bowl she is using for one full of black ink. The Mistress continues to “cry” and soon her face becomes quite black. The surprised Daimyo confers with Taro Kaja, and they decide to give the Girl a mirror as a going-away present. She looks in the mirror, gets very angry, and paints the Daimyo’s face with the ink. …

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

Noh: AMA (The Fisher-girl)

Photo of Kyogen:  AMA (The Fisher-girl)

Synopsis:
Fujiwara Fusazaki, hearing that his mother was a fisher-girl from Shido-no-ura in Shikoku, goes there to say a mass for her soul. He arrives there and meets a woman who tells him the story. Of three treasures sent from China to be deposited in the Kobukuji temple two were safely delivered but the third was seized and taken down to the Dragon Palace in the waters of the bay. The lord whose sister had become the consort of a T’ang emperor and sent the treasures to Japan, formed an alliance with a fisher-girl at Shido-no ura and when a son was born promised to make him his heir if she would retrieve the jewel. This, she did at the cost of her life. The son, the fisher-girl tells him, is the present Minister Fusazaki and she herself is the spirit of his mother. She then disappears but reappears later as a dragon-woman from the depths of the bay where she met her death, and dances as she rejoices that through the power of the Lotus Sutra she has been able to attain Buddhahood.

<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 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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