One thing I have learned from the Kei’un-kai Memorial performance 2014

On Sunday 17 August I took part in the 2014 Kei'un-kai, INI Memorial Taikai performance, a collective recital in which a great number of Udaka Michishige's students performed dance and chant excepts, as well as full Noh plays. This year's highlights were the Noh Atsumori and Funa-benkei. As for me, I danced the maibayashi from the …

Adrenaline

I was listening to this radio show about extreme sports... Among the various neurotransmitters rushing whenever we are exposed to danger is adrenaline. Adrenalin rush affects our body in various ways - among these, it helps fixation of memories. Experiencing danger triggers adrenalin release, making such experience extraordinary and unforgettable. This seems to have a pedagogic …

Seiza

I still have not quite understood to what extent working on the floor is good for the body. If one were only to be sitting in seiza that would not be a problem as it actually helps you keeping your back straight. But what about moving, bending, reaching for objects and all the other usual …

Yashima

This is going to be my next memory effort. The next hayashi kenkyukai is coming up mid-August, and I am slated to be in the jiutai (chorus) for the Noh Yashima, among other things. I will post more about the kenkyukai (what it is, how it works) in the following posts.

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, …