Tag Archives: mae-shite

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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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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Learning to Lead and to Listen

Contributed by Morit Gaifman Like David (Surtasky), my role is the mae-shite (his, in the primarily male cast with a women’s chorus, mine, in the primarily female cast with a men’s chorus). There have been a number of challenges, the … Continue reading

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Mae-shite

Contributed by David Surtasky My role is mae-shite. Lead actor of the first half, one of the grasscutters. In a traditional noh, the mae-shite and nochi-shite would be the same person, but in our production we’ve divided the role between … Continue reading

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