Well, I’m back from Japan and still recovering – and missing a long list of things about the country already (including my sister, who’s still studying in Fukuoka). It’ll be a few weeks until I get around to blogging our travels, as there’s some competitions and reviews to come first.
There’s some good news for Japan fans in rainy old England – classical Noh theatre is coming to London in May!
Noh Reimagined is a two-day festival exploring the art of Noh theatre, a Japanese art form dating back to the 14th century comprising drama, music and dance. It will transform Kings Place into another world and is being supported by Yakult, which is celebrating 20 years in the UK, Daiwa Anglo-Japan Foundation, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, and Arts Council England.
Noh is performed only very rarely in the UK, and it is believed that the forthcoming festival will be the first of its type ever to be staged in this country. It is structured around song and dance. Movement is slow, language is poetic, tone is monotonous, and costumes are rich and heavy. Another key element is the masks the actors (only men perform in Noh theatre) wear.
Between Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May, there will be a wide range of performances, workshops and talks introducing London to the mysterious world of Noh. Some of the finest Noh performers from Japan will present selections from classical Noh masterpieces such asTakasago and Toru. Master Shite actor-performer, Yoshimasa Kanze, will dance to Noh percussion instruments punctuated by the space, voice and haunting pitches of the nohkan (flute) played by Yukihiro Isso.
There are 9 events taking place in total, with ticket prices ranging for the event you want to book. There are some ‘saver ticket’ prices but these are selling out fast, so check out the programme and book soon so you don’t miss out!