NEW YORK – Noh Society will hold its third on-line event on Friday, Nov. 27 at 8 pm, EST. The online event features “the World of Bunraku: Lecture and Demonstration by Takemoto Kosumidayū (tayū), Tsuruzawa Kantarō (shamisen) and Kiritake Kanjirō (puppeteer).”
Bunraku is known for its expressive combination of story-telling, music, and puppetry. In this session, the Noh Society will focus on each element – the chanter (tayū), the shamisen (jōruri), and the puppeteer.
The Tayū describes the scene in addition to speaking on behalf of the characters. The shamisen expresses the sounds of nature as well as the emotions of a scene, and 3 puppeteers work together to realize the movements of each puppet.
It is the seamless and creative combination of these facets that create the magical world of Bunraku.
The presentations will be in Japanese with English subtitles and interpretation where appropriate.
Support provided by The Japan Foundation, New York, J.C.C. Fund, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Crédit Agricole CIB, Daiwa Capital Markets, DC Advisory, Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management (U.S.A), Sumitomo Corporation of Americas Foundation and Tokio Marine America
Noh Society, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in New York and dedicated to the promotion of Japanese arts and culture. It has been founded in 2016 by three Japanese nationals (Setsuko Bouteillé, Mayo Yamaguchi and Kaoru Yanase), long-term residents of New York.
Its activities started in 2011 under the name of Magnolia NY with the organization of an exhibition of paintings by Japanese kimono artist Yukiharu Nihei in Chelsea.
Several other exhibitions followed and in 2015, Magnolia NY organized “The Heart of Noh: lecture – demonstration – performance”. Hundreds people attended two sold out events around Japanese Noh actor Kinue Oshima who explained the basics of Noh and performed parts of traditional plays.
Given the success of the activities organized in the last 5 years and its positive impact on the promotion of Japanese traditional arts, three Japanese nationals decided to form Noh Society, Inc., which is now recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.