Author Archives: Theatre Nohgaku

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.

Girl in the Grave Mound

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Ms. Kagan-Dubroff recently performed the kokata role in the English-language adaptation of Sumidagawa “Sumida River,” in South Texas. The kokata (子方) role in the play is a depiction of the Spirit of a Dead Boy. During almost all … Continue reading

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羽衣: くせ

The kuse section from the August 2, 2014 performance of Hagoromo [羽衣] from the 20th Anniversary season of the Noh Training Project. Featuring participants of the Noh Training Project, and members of Theatre Nohgaku.

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Revisiting “A River Runs through It”

Contributed by Jeff Crane               Many years ago I was driving out of Yellowstone National Park through the West Entrance, following the beautiful Madison River, and noticed a man standing on a boulder in the middle of it, casting repeatedly … Continue reading

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Just Good Theatre

Contributed by Matthew R. Dubroff               For the middle two weeks of July 2015, Theatre Nohgaku had the wonderful opportunity to conduct a residency rehearsal at the Ko Festival in Amherst, Massachusetts. The focus of the process was the staging … Continue reading

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The Law of Cause and Effect

Contributed by John Oglevee There is great satisfaction in being in a show that run’s for a long time. In addition to the financial benefits, it’s gratifying to know that a great number of people can see your work, and … Continue reading

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Yuya (熊野)

Contributed by David Surtasky Yuya (熊野) a third category play by an unknown author Quite some time ago in Kyoto lived a samurai named Taira no Munemori. Part of the Heike clan, he was considered powerful and important by many … Continue reading

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Shakkyo (石橋)

[Editor’s Note: Shakkyo (石橋) is a felicitous piece, most often performed at the conclusion of a full program of noh. The shishimai dance (lion dance) performed near the play’s conclusion is energetic and intentionally exciting. According to the-noh.com “Shakkyō is … Continue reading

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Sumidagawa (隅田川)

Contributed by David Surtasky Sumidagawa (隅田川) a fourth category play by Kanze Jūrō Motomasa There was once a Boatman who ferried people across the Sumidagawa, and on a certain day he was impatient to bring his passengers aboard. A Buddhist … Continue reading

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Miwa (三輪)

Contributed by David Surtasky Miwa (三輪) A fourth category play by an unknown author Many, many years ago there was a monk named Genpin. Now Genpin lived at the base of Mount Miwa, somewhat south of Nara. It was a … Continue reading

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Kanawa (鉄輪)

Contributed by David Surtasky Kanawa (鉄輪) A fourth category play by an unknown author Many, many years ago there was a certain Shinto Priest who attended to the Kibune Shrine. Now this shrine was north of Kyoto, on Mount Kurama, … Continue reading

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