Tag Archives: atsumori

Composing Zahdi, Pt. 1

Photos and Contribution by David Crandall [EDITOR’S NOTE: Part of the continuing conversation surrounding Carrie Preston’s  Zahdi Dates and Poppies, premiering on March 30, 2016 at the Tsai Performance Center, Boston.] In their delightful posts, Carrie and David S. both … Continue reading

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Haunted.

Contributed by David Surtasky Spirits that visit us in our dreams. Furtive and unbidden. The story is told through noh over and over. The traveler, a priest, a monk, a courtier, a messenger – comes to a particular place, and … Continue reading

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Fudō Myō-ō: The Immovable

Contributed by the Editor. The Buddhist sin of attachment: it appears as a repeated theme in noh. It becomes the pervading emotional force which won’t allow the sentimental dead to pass on (Tōru,) that causes vengeful still living spirits to … Continue reading

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James Joyce at Ichi-no-Tani with a Glass Harmonica

Contributed by Kevin Salfen Assistant Professor of Music History, University of the Incarnate Word This summer I heard the flute that Renshō heard and thought of Joyce’s “The Dead.” In early August in Bloomsburg’s heat and bugs I heard the … Continue reading

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Reflections of a koken

Contributed by John Oglevee A few weeks have passed since two incredible evenings (Atsumori, August 3 & 4, 2012) of outdoor theatre were gifted to Bloomsburg Town Park through the concerted efforts of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in collaboration with … Continue reading

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Atsumori (敦盛): Final Scene

Video of the final scene from the takigi noh performance of “Atsumori,” Bloomsburg Town Park August 3, 2012. Performed as part of the Noh Training Project under the auspices of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (and the cooperation of Bloomsburg University … Continue reading

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Atsumori (敦盛): Otoko-Mai (男舞)

Video of the otoko-mai from the takigi noh performance of “Atsumori,” Bloomsburg Town Park August 3, 2012. Performed as part of the Noh Training Project under the auspices of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (and the cooperation of Bloomsburg University of … Continue reading

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Crossing Ikutagawa

Reflections on the journey of the monk Renshô from Kyoto to Ich-no-tani before his encounter with the spirit of Atsumori. South the Moon and South from the Capital Renshô walks through the dusk of August heat his shadow grown long … Continue reading

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Drums of the Moment

Contributed by Matthew Dubroff For this  summer’s Noh Training Project (NTP) performance of Atsumori, I began preparing one year in advance to play the kotsuzumi (small shoulder drum).  I practiced the last half of the play under the guidance of … Continue reading

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Jo-ha-kyū (序破急)

Contributed by David Surtasky “We sweep the needles that fall without end.” Takasago Time:   Things begin slowly. Then they speed up. Then they end rapidly. What has become fascinating to me is the fractal nature of this structure within … Continue reading

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