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Wearing the Role

Contributed by David Surtasky I’ve had the opportunity in the past to watch professional noh actors as they’ve been dressed in costume – while on tour with them, backstage at various theaters and at workshops. There’s often a slight glaze … Continue reading

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Happy Stone

Happy Stone – A Sixth Category Play about a Waki Contributed by James Goode James: Time is rushing forward. Time is rushing forward. It is lunch break on Wednesday of the third week of the Noh Training Project, or as … Continue reading

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Baptism of Fire

Contributed by Laura Sampson 2012 is my first year at the Noh Training Project, so technically I am a ‘new student’. But with a scant 10 months of Noh training before this with Rick Emmert in the UK and in … Continue reading

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蓮生

Reflections on the monk Renshô, participant in the battle of Ichi-no-tani, March 18, 1184. Renshô stands looking out over the face of the waters at Suma no Ura. An echo of horses and the desperate sighs of the fallen merged … Continue reading

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Learning and Teaching Nohkan

Contributed by Mariko Anno This summer marks my second year teaching the nohkan (noh flute) at the Noh Training Project (NTP). It has been an honor teaching an instrument that I love, making it more approachable and playable for my … Continue reading

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Musical Tapestry

Contributed by David Crandall After a week of intense rehearsal in Bloomsburg, I’m excited to see the pieces taking shape. My own contribution this year is mainly on the otsuzumi (hip drum), and I guess my deepest impression this time … Continue reading

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Learning to Kneel

Contributed by David Surtasky We’ve spoken about a number of matters concerning the challenges of performing noh. We’ve spoken in both aesthetic and practical terms. We’ve explained our roles, our aspirations and challenges, our connection to the craft and our … Continue reading

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A Story in Time and Space

Contributed by Kristin Jackson I play the part of the Shite-tsure, a grasscutter and companion to the Mae-Shite played by Morit Gaifman in the female cast of Atsumori. I am honored to have been entrusted with this part in my third year at … Continue reading

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Same-sound

Contributed by John Oglevee As a child, I sang in church choirs. I was a non-denominational boy soprano for hire. On any given Sunday you could find me cloaked in some form of muted colored frock, singing the praises of … Continue reading

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Nohkan Revisited

Contributed by Kevin Salfen, Assistant Professor of Music History, University of the Incarnate Word (Secretary, Theatre Nohgaku) Like David Surtasky, who wrote about this topic in a previous entry, I’m also playing nohkan (Japanese transverse flute) during the Noh Training … Continue reading

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