3D Nō in Venice

An interesting format. One nō actor dancing and singing on stage. Behind him, projections that come to life when seen with special 3D glasses. Of course, music and chorus are not live, but a recorded track. While kyōgen shows features a minimum of two actors, mounting a full nō performance requires some twenty people. The …

‘Tea ceremony and drum beats from Japan’ – news from Ōkura Genjirō’s performance in India

Kolkata, Feb 27 (IBNS)  Drinking tea is so common to us in India that only a personal choice, Darjeeling orthodox or Assam’s CTC, can become a debatable point. But in Japan, the process of tea making and drinking evolved into an elaborate ceremony that can stretch from 40 to 45 minutes. — Read on m.indiablooms.com/life-details/L/3509/tea-ceremony-and-drum-beats-from-japan.html

Noh Reimagined in London

A wonderful series of Noh events coming up in London! Noh Reimagined – The Contemporary Art of Classical Japanese Theatre Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May 2016, Kings Place, London Art, Music, Dance & The Divine Noh originated in the 14th century and has been performed continuously since, making it among the oldest unbroken performance …

Hosei University Noh Research Institute – 60th Anniversary Symposium

On November 18th I attended the 60th Anniversary symposium, organised by Hosei University's Nogami Memorial Noh Research Institute. As Prof. Yamanaka Reiko explained in her introduction, the symposium was the latest of six decennial events that mark the growing progress and outstanding research results of the Research Centre. This year's symposium was entitled 'Noh no shosa …

Kiyotsune

I am spending a couple of weeks in my hometown, Brescia, Italy, where I return quite often not only to visit my family and friends, but also to train with Monique Arnaud, the Noh teacher that first introduced me to Noh theatre. Arnaud is a shihan, a Noh instructor licensed by the iemoto of our stylistic school, …

New essay: Leoni che folleggiano fra le peonie in fiore

The new issue of the Journal Prove di Drammaturgia, entirely dedicated to Noh theatre, features my article on the first Noh theatre performance in the West in Venice 1954. The journal is available here. The journal is entirely in Italian, though I am currently working on an English version of the essay. Prove di Drammaturgia n.1/2012 …

25 FEBBRAIO 2012 WORKSHOP DI CANTO E DANZA DEL TEATRO NOH

For all those in the vicinity of Milan, Italy – February, 25 Noh Theatre Workshop with Monique Arnaud (Kongo School)

International Noh Institute - Italy

Il Noh è considerato tra le espressioni più alte della discipline giapponesi.  I suoi movimenti, spazianti dalla lentezza dei Noh lirici alla velocità dei Noh dinamici, sono in grado di comunicare energia e dinamismo sia a chi è sul palcoscenico che agli spettatori.

L’ignoto, l’invisibile e l’interiorità sono invitati a manifestarsi. L’attore deve farsi carico di questo compito attraverso la precisione di un movimento memorizzato e interiorizzato fino a poter agire al di là della consapevolezza. Allora si scopre una totale libertà, dove i confini tra attore, spazio scenico e spettatore sembrano essere aboliti.

Saranno studiati i kata ed il canto di una danza shimai. Il caratteristico passo scivolato, il respiro, l’emissione della voce e l’uso del ventaglio, il cui significato è tutt’altro che ornamentale, consentiranno di associare i movimenti ad immagini poetiche suggerite dal testo.

Una documentazione tecnica ed illustrativa sarà a disposizione dei partecipanti durante lo stage.

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Sakura. Tribute to Japan

It is difficult to find words to illustrate what was meant to describe the indescribable. This is Sakura. A Tribute to Japan: an Italian project by Gio' Fronti,  directed by Alessandra Pescetta, and starring Monique Arnaud, a short film dedicated to the victims (dead and alive) of the Fukushima disaster. Arnaud, director of the International Noh Institute …

New Publication: Japanese Theatre Transcultural

[UPDATE] Japanese Theatre Transcultural is now available in the USA via amazon.com, as well as in Japan via amazon.co.jp, and in Europe via the various Amazon marketplaces. The book to which I have contributed with an essay on the ethics of transmission of Noh theatre in the international context is now available for purchase on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.co.jp. Japanese …

AsiaTeatro

AsiaTeatro is a new project coordinated by Carmen Covito (writer and translator), dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge of Asian traditional performance in the Italian language. AsiaTeatro is both a website and an academic journal. The website offers introductory notions of performance traditions belonging to the four geographic areas in which it is subdivided (Japan, China, India …