2015 / Kyogen master Manzo Nomura IX to give performance and workshop, Aug 25

Manzo Nomura IX

Kyogen performer Manzo Nomura IX in “Bo Shibari” program. (Courtesy of the Japan Foundation)

Kyogen Performer Manzo Nomura IX will give a special one-night-only performance and workshop at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm. $35 advance ticket must be purchased through the JACCC’s website: www.jaccc.org. This program is organized by the Japan Foundation Los Angeles.

Audiences will have the rare chance to see this classical comic form of Japanese theatre in a Japanese garden of the JACCC. In the workshop portion, Manzo Nomura IX will explain some of the fundamental aspects of Kyogen and will teach the audience how to produce the unique sound of laughter that is particular to Kyogen.

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Manzo Nomura IX’s Kyogen workshop will be held at University of Southern California, but this program is not open to the public.

Kyogen is a form of traditional Japanese comedic theatre which balances the more solemn form of Japanese theatre called Noh, and was originally developed to provide comic relief between heavier, more serious Noh acts.

From childhood, Manzo Nomura IX received rigorous training from both his grandfather (Manzo Nomura VI) and his father (Man Nomura), both of whom are recognized Living National Treasures.

Manzo Nomura IX leads Yorozu Kyogen, a branch of the Manzo family school, and has held performances not only in Japan but in America, Canada, Spain, Korea, and other countries as well.

One can see a dignified style in Manzo Nomura IX’s acting which he has inherited from his father, and which makes him a precious and rare performer in the modern age.