Noh Theater artists to perform for anniversary celebration of the first official ship sailed from Japan to US 150 years ago, June 19 – 23 in San Francisco

Yugen Nomura Masashi

Noh performer Masashi Nomura (Kanze School Shite-kata)

San Francisco, CA — As part of the Kanrin Maru 150th Anniversary Celebration, Yuriko Doi, the US-Japan Cultural Trade Network and NOHspace Presents present Innovations in Noh Tradition.

Exploring innovations in the art of Noh Theater will be performed by  internationally renowned Japanese Noh performers Masashi Nomura (Kanze School Shite-kata), Shonosuke Okura, (Noh Hip Drum player) a Japanese Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Properties and Nohkan flute player Narumi Takizawa from Tokyo.

Joining the Japanese guest artists is Native American Grammy Award winning drummer John-Carlos Perea, as well as Yuriko Doi, Ellen Brooks, Jubilith Moore, Sheila Berotti and Gulshirin Dubash of Theatre of Yugen.

The program will include Takasago (traditional Noh dance, excerpt); Urinusubito / A Melon Thief (Kyogen in English) and Moon of the Scarlet Plums (Native American + Noh, excerpt). 

2010 marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Kanrin Maru to San Francisco, the first official Japanese ship to land on American soil.

The Kanrin Maru’s arrival signaled the beginning of official relations between the world and Japan, seven years after America’s Commodore Matthew Perry sailed to Japan thus ending there self-imposed isolation.

Ms. Doi, a theatrical pioneer in the Bay Area for more than 30 years, creates a powerful and beautiful experience while fusing Japan’s traditional theatre forms with the Native American performing traditions.

The audience will witness the contemporary in the traditional (Takasago excerpt) and the traditional in the contemporary (Moon excerpt). In addition, the ever-accessible Kyogen in English Urinusubito (A Melon Thief) will be performed as an interlude between excerpts.

Events in San Francisco

Performances

Saturday – June 19, 2010

Innovations in Noh Tradition

Santa Cruz Japanese Cultural Fair (Free)

4:00 pm

Program:

Urinusubito / A Melon Thief

Fusion Music Interlude: Shonosuke Okura (Otsuzumi – Noh Hip Drum), Narumi Takizawa (Nohkan – Horizontal Flute),

Wednesday – June 23, 2010

Innovations in Noh Tradition

Koret Auditorium San Francisco Main Public Library (Free)

3:00 – 4:30 pm

Program:

Takasago (traditional Noh dance, excerpt); Fusion Music Interlude: Shonosuke Okura (Otsuzumi – Noh Hip Drum), Narumi Takizawa (Nohkan – Horizontal Flute); Urinusubito / A Melon Thief (Kyogen in English) and Moon of the Scarlet Plums (Native American + Noh, excerpt)

Workshops / Lecture Demonstrations:

Sunday – June 20, 2010

What is Noh? The Philosophy of Noh Hayashi (music) Lecture/Demonstration

with Shonosuke Okura, (Otsuzumi – Noh hip drum player) a Japanese Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Properties, and Narumi Takizawa (Nohkan – horizontal flute)

2:00 – 4:00pm

Price: $20

Noh Hayashi (music) Workshop

with Shonosuke Okura and Narumi Takizawa

5:00 – 7:00pm

Price: $50

Monday – June 21, 2010

Noh Song and Dance

with Masashi Nomura (Shitekata – Noh actor)

Noh shimai (dance) and utai (singing)

7:00 – 9:00pm

Price: $50

All workshop/lecture demonstration activities are taking place at: NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 in the Project Artaud.

Course discounts:  Attend the lecture demonstration and one workshop and receive a $10 discount ($60 total); attend both workshops and receive a $20 discount ($80 total) and attend all three and receive a $30 discount ($90 total)

Enrollment is limited.  Call:  415-621-0507

Information: www.theatreofyugen.org

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