Dressing the Actor

Contributed by David Surtasky
Photographs by David Surtasky

Japanese Textiles and the Art of Sculpting Kimono,
Theatre Nohgaku’s Costume Workshop, June 2014 (Pt. 4)

The below gallery is a series of (more or less) sequential photographs of the process of dressing a noh actor in the principle costume elements. Being dressed is Ryoji Terada, dressers are Oshima Teruhisa and Oshima Kinue. Photographs taken at 喜多流大島能楽堂 with many thanks for the gracious courtesy of the entire Oshima family.

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About Theatre Nohgaku

Noh, one of the oldest continuing stage arts, combines highly stylized dance, chant, music, mask and costume with intense inner concentration and physical discipline, creating a uniquely powerful theatrical experience. Theatre Nohgaku’s mission is to share noh’s beauty and power with English speaking audiences and performers. We have found that this traditional form retains its dramatic effectiveness in languages other than Japanese. We believe noh techniques hold a powerful means of expression in the context of contemporary English language theatre.
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