2018 Workshop Series

In 1917 Irish poet William Butler Yeats published At the Hawk’s Well. Often referred to as a "noh play", Yeats's noh-influenced work served to introduce this powerful and evocative form to Western audiences.

Since 2003 Theatre Nohgaku has hosted workshops for poets, playwrights and other writers, as well as musicians and performance artists to help them better understand Japanese noh, to assist them in using noh in their own artistic pursuits, and to help develop their knowledge and awareness of this complex and beautiful artistic form.

Through previous generous financial and in-kind contributions by the Asian Cultural Council, the National Noh Theater of Japan, Princeton University, New Dramatists, CalArts, Musashino University, The Studio Theatre and Southern Methodist University, Theatre Nohgaku has been able to present various workshops annually and offer an opportunity for English-speaking participants to gain greater knowledge of noh's component arts.

We invite you to join us for any or all of our 2018 Workshop series:


Noh Training Project US

NOH AS PRACTICE: mind and body in performance
WHEN: July 22 –August 4, 2018
WHERE: Bloomsburg, PA
COST: $1100 US

The ancient Japanese stage art of noh has much to teach contemporary theater artists, dancers, musicians, poets and others about the power of mind/body awareness both on and off the stage. Noh as Practice, a two-week intensive workshop that culminates in a full week of personal instruction by professional noh master Kinue Oshima, will hone your concentration, amplify your stage presence, and open new aesthetic vistas that will enrich your creative work.

The workshop features:

- Daily lessons in noh chant and dance by senior members of Theatre Nohgaku and noh professional Kinue Oshima

- Yoga sessions led by Morgan McKenzie

- Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement sessions led by Naoko Maeshiba

- Sitting meditation sessions led by Jean Ann Wertz

The cost of the two-week program is $1100, which includes housing, tuition, study materials and dance fan. DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE, GROUND TRANSPORTATION, OR MEALS.

For more information, contact David Crandall at [ ntp18us “at” theatrenohgaku “dot” org ]




Noh Training Project Tokyo

2017’s Tokyo workshop was the first held in collaboration with the Kita School and was so successful that this year’s is even more expansive and diverse. Four separate workshops will offer participants a deep dive into different facets of noh. (Please note: the performance and mask workshops run simultaneously, so it is not possible to attend both.) All other workshops can be attended individually or consecutively. Available seats are limited, so please be certain to register as soon as possible.

Substance through Structure: Writing New Noh

Substance through Structure: Writing New Noh centers on the structure and character of noh’s written texts. Rich in poetic expression and profoundly moving, noh’s poetic style can become an ideal armature for contemporary creative works of theatre, poetry and song. The workshop introduces noh's complex layering of spoken text, sung text, instrumental accompaniment and as an impetus to participants’ own creative work. Past workshop attendees have included award-winning playwrights Erik Ehn, Ruth Margraff and Deborah Brevoort, composer/lyricist Eric Schorr, and poet Lee Ann Brown.

Discussions focus on the form of typical noh plays, including aspects of musical and literary structure as well as noh’s wealth of historic and poetic references. Subsequent discussions focus on the unique challenges of adapting and writing noh for the English language. Participants create outlines for new noh and are guided through the process of creating their own scenes. The final day is devoted to experiencing noh in performance at the Kita School’s theater in Meguro.

WHAT: Substance through Structure: Writing New Noh
WHERE: Tokyo, Japan
WHEN: June 19 - 24, 2018
COST: ¥50,000 ($450)

Tuition includes:
* Participation fee
* Materials for seminars

Tuition does NOT include:
*Transportation, accommodation or daily expenses

The workshop is limited to 8 participants. Early registration highly recommended.

Questions?
For more information and how to register, please contact us:

[OR – ntp18tokyo "at" theatrenohgaku "dot" org]


Sculpting Silk: Noh Costume Workshop

In association with the Oshima Noh Theatre, Theatre Nohgaku is pleased to host this workshop in Kyoto and Fukuyama, Japan. Lectures and guided tours in Kyoto will be well-known author, scholar and practioner of noh, Monica Bethe. The workshop promises to be an unforgettable experience, providing unique “behind the scenes” access to the world of noh.

The Kyoto component of this workshop will include detailed lectures (in English) on Japanese textiles and costuming as well as guided tours to craftsman and artisan workshops. Although the final schedule is subject to change based on the availability of individual Kyoto artisans, past workshops have featured a visit to the Sasaki noh factory (featuring Meiji-era jacquard looms weaving hand-dyed silk), gold leaf artisans, embroiderers, kimono restorers and dye shops.

After meeting and observing these highly skilled artisans at their work in Kyoto, participants will travel to Fukuyama and attend a noh rehearsal at the Oshima Noh Theatre, and will receive hands-on instruction by professional noh actors in the traditional choreographed process of dressing and being dressed in authentic noh costumes. The limited number of attendees insures that everyone will have ample opportunity to experience first-hand the richness and complexity of this time-honored art.

Professional actors of the Oshima noh family (including noh actress Kinue Oshima and noh actor Teruhisa Oshima) will guide participants in active demonstration of many costumes, their functions and proper use.

The workshop is limited to 8 participants. Early registration highly recommended.

WHAT: Sculpting Silk: Noh Costume Workshop
WHERE: Kyoto & Fukuyama Japan
WHEN: June 12 – 18, 2018
COST: US$1000

Questions?
For more information and how to register, please contact:

[OR – ntp18tokyo "at" theatrenohgaku "dot" org]

Fees includes all lectures, applicable performances, workshop attendance and various other workshop-related activities.

Travel, ground-transport, lodging and food are not included, but assistance will be available for arranging hotel accommodations and ground-transport (within Japan).


Power through Resistance: Noh Chant, Movement, Instruments

Power through Resistance: Noh Chant, Movement, Instruments
Led by Kita School performers in conjunction with professional noh musicians and members of Theatre Nohgaku, participants engage in intensive training in the performance of noh. Each day starts with utai (chant), followed by shimai (dance) and hayashi (instruments). Evening practice sessions give participants an opportunity to hone the skills they are learning, and weekly attendance at performances and recitals provides context and inspiration. The workshop culminates in a recital on the Kita School’s noh stage in Meguro.

This workshop is physically strenuous and requires frequent kneeling, standing, and sustained concentration. Participants should expect to focus exclusively on the workshop for the full three weeks in order to receive the maximum benefit.

WHAT: Power through Resistance: Noh Chant, Movement, Instruments
WHERE: Tokyo, Japan
WHEN: June 24 – July 13, 2018
COST: ¥80,000 ($750)

Tuition includes:
* Participation fee
* Materials for seminars
* Practice fan (for those without one)

Tuition does NOT include:
*Transportation, accommodation or daily expenses

The workshop is limited to 8 beginner participants, and 8 for those with prior experience. Early registration highly recommended.

Questions?
For more information and how to register, please contact us:

[OR – ntp18tokyo "at" theatrenohgaku "dot" org]


Revealing the Hidden: Noh Mask Carving

Revealing the Hidden: Noh Mask Carving
In an opportunity rarely granted to those living outside Japan, Theatre Nohgaku has partnered with our longtime collaborator Hideta Kitazawa to provide for this once-in-a-liftime experience.

Participants will create their own noh masks in the home studio of master carver and instructor Hideta Kitazawa. Finished works will be displayed at the Kita School’s theater in Meguro for the final recital of the Power through Resistance Workshop.

WHAT: Revealing the Hidden: Noh Mask Carving
WHERE: Tokyo, Japan
WHEN: June 24 – July 13, 2018
COST: ¥80,000 ($750)

Tuition includes:
* Participation fee
* Materials for seminars

Tuition does NOT include:
*Transportation, accommodation or daily expenses

The workshop is limited to 4 beginner participants. Early registration highly recommended.

Questions?
For more information and how to register, please contact us:

[OR – ntp18tokyo "at" theatrenohgaku "dot" org]