Theatre Nohgaku is dedicated to the desire to inform, instruct and inspire. Among our many workshop activities, one that we're very proud of is:

‘GETTING TO NOH’

The 2009 "Pagoda" EU tour included ‘Getting to Noh’ an educational outreach program that included workshops, lectures and educational activities to introduce the history, structure, dance, music, costumes and masks of noh. The schools element of the program was coordinated by the Japan Society in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert and Pitt Rivers Museums. All London and Oxford workshops were popular and very well attended. The schools activities began in September 2009 with a short workshop at various secondary schools in London and Oxford, plus a teachers’ workshop at the Victoria & Albert Museum, led by Richard Emmert and Kinue Oshima accompanied by Jannette Cheong. The workshops provided pupils with an overview of noh theatre: its movements, its music and its language. A total of six such school-based workshops were held in London (one involving two schools) and Oxford in early September, making for an exhausting schedule for the visiting performers and a memorable lesson for over one hundred students.

Four London schools continued to work on an project that enabled them to use what they had learned in September to create their own noh-inspired work. Pupils were introduced to the idea of a ‘travel scene’ and then tasked with creating their own theatrical response, taking inspiration from Pagoda’s themes of migration and identity. Pupils and teachers worked independently, coming together for a master class at the Southbank Centre in November to develop further their performance. On 3rd December, pupils from Westwood Girls College for Languages and Arts, Croydon; George Green’s School, Tower Hamlets; Negus Sixth Form Centre at Plumstead Manor School, Greenwich; and Blackheath High School performed their noh-inspired pieces in front of a public audience at the Southbank Centre.

- Mask-making and other workshops

Also during the tour, eleven other workshops/outreach activities were undertaken. Richard Emmert led four general ‘Introduction to noh’ and discussion workshops/seminars working with several members of the production in London (with all members of the Japanese hayashi at the British Library, and Masanobu Oshima and John Oglevee at SOAS), in Dublin (with Akira Matsui at Trinity College) and in Oxford (with Jannette Cheong at the Nissan Institute). Seven mask-making workshops were undertaken by Hideta Kitazawa, the maker of the four new masks produced for PAGODA noh. Three days were spent at the Victoria & Albert Museum giving open demonstration workshops in the Toshiba Gallery for Japanese Art and Design working alongside the gallery’s special display of noh masks, costumes and prints ‘Elegant Accomplishments - The Art of Noh Performance’ which was put on to coincide with this production’s visit to London as part of the ‘Getting to Noh’ program.


The 2011 Asia tour of Pagoda & Takasago also included Getting to Noh program activities:

‘GETTING TO NOH’ 2011 OUTREACH ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE

7月2日 10:00-11:30 北京大学外国戏剧与电影研究所艺术总监
地址: 北京市北京大学化学北楼邮编:100871
PKU: INSTITUTE OF WORLD THEATRE & FILM
‘Noh’ Mask-making Student Workshop (tbc)
Peking University, (Democracy Building) Hua Xue Bei Lou, Beijing, 100871
Tel: +86 13810516926 Tickets: Free: Limited to 30 students
http://beijingrep.com/education.html

7月2日- 7月3日 14:30-16:30 蓬蒿剧场
PENGHAO THEATRE: BEIJING WORLD THEATRE FESTIVAL
Introduction to ‘Noh’ Mask-making (Demonstration-talk)
35, Dongmianhua Hutong, Jiaodaokounan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing. Tel: +86 10 64006472 Tickets: (30 RMB) www.penghaoren.com

7月3日 14:00-16:00 北京大学外国戏剧与电影研究所艺术总监,
PKU: INSTITUTE OF WORLD THEATRE & FILM
Introduction to ‘Noh’ (performance workshop) for students.
Tickets: Free: Limited to 30. Venue and contact details as above.

7月3日 19:30-21:00 蓬蒿剧场
PENGHAO THEATRE: BEIJING WORLD THEATRE FESTIVAL
Introduction to ‘Noh’ (Lecture/demonstration) (Contact address as above)
Tel: +86 10 64006472 Tickets: (30 RMB) www.penghaoren.com

7月4日 10:30- 12:00 中央戏剧学院
(免费进场,人数有限)
CENTRAL ACADEMY FOR DRAMA
Introduction to ‘Noh’ (performance workshop) for students
39 Dong Mianhua Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: +86-10-64035626/64012831 Tickets: Free, but limited to 30 students. http://web.zhongxi.cn/

7月6-7日
       國際綜藝合家歡
(For workshops 有關工作坊)
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL ARTS CARNIVAL
電話 Tel: +852 2370 1044 http://www.hkiac.gov.hk