Experiencing traditional Japanese performing arts: Theory and practice of Nō theatre (Kanze School)

This workshop will introduce one of the most important genres of traditional Japanese performing arts, including song and dance, the Nō theatre, which was principally created by Kan’ami and his son Zeami around the turn from the 14th to the 15th century. The workshop will be conducted by renowned representatives of the Kanze School, the direct successors of these famous founders, with English translation provided by a Nō specialist. If there are more than 20 participants sign up, the workshop will be held on a regular public Nō stage; otherwise it will be held on a rehearsal stage.

Time: March 24, 2017, 10:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Location: If there are more than 20 participants, the course will be held on the Umewaka Nō Theatre stage at Higashi-Nakano; if less, it will be held on the rehearsal stage at Roppongi (after all participants have registered, more precise information about the location will be disclosed)
Number of participants allowed: 10–40 (If there are less than 10 applications, the workshop will be cancelled and the fee reimbursed.)
Price: 6000 Yen (The price includes tabi (see below) with a worth of 1000 Yen. The participants can take the tabi home after the workshop.)
Instructors: Professional members of the Kanze School, including Shigehiko Fujinami: Nō performer of the Kanze School. Born 1964. Graduated Tokyo National University of the Arts and has also taught there. He was accredited as the holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property. Director of “The Nōgaku Performers’ Association”.
Translation: Richard Emmert, Nō researcher and professor of Asian performing arts at Musashino University in Tokyo

1) Participants will hear a lecture about the history of Nō theatre, the aesthetics of Zeami and the masks, costumes, musical instruments and traditional musical notation.
2) During the workshop part, participants will wear a Nō mask and learn some basic steps on the Nō stage; also, singing instruction will be offered.

Since special socks (tabi) are required to access the Nō stage, tabi will be provided by the organizers for all participants. Please note your foot size (in cm, measured from heel to the tiptoe, as indicated on the sketch below) in the registration form.


Organizers: Prof. Dr. Hermann Gottschewski (The University of Tokyo) and Toshimichi Nagahata (master course student at the University of Tokyo and music teacher at the Rikkyō Elementary School)