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2014 Workshop Season

Since 2003 Theatre Nohgaku has hosted workshops for poets, playwrights and other writers, as well as musicians and performance artists to help them better understand Japanese noh and to assist them in using noh in their own artistic pursuits. We … Continue reading

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Not noh, but Not not noh

Contributed by Michael Gardiner In my recent, more analytic posts, there was some semblance of logic and/or method, however ill-formed. But today I’m going to try and talk about my own music and noh. A dangerous topic, and by all … Continue reading

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Time and its Double: An Alchemical Inquiry

Contributed by Michael Gardiner That the process of the universal or truth—they are one and the same thing—is transversal relative to all available instances of knowledge means that the universal is always an incalculable emergence, rather than a describable structure. … 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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The Look of the Feel (Pt. IV)

Contributed by Michael Gardiner (Part IV of A few thoughts on instrumental tone-color and the noh spectrum.) Figure 1 Tone-color Profile of the Kotsuzumi Although the kotsuzumi is smaller in size than the ōtsuzumi, figure 1 shows that the pitch … Continue reading

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Funabenkei, Final Scene

Video of the spirit of Tomomori attacking Yoshitsune and Benkei in their boat. The final scene from the takigi noh performance of “Funabenkei,” Bloomsburg Town Park, 2009. Performed as part of the Noh Training Project under the auspices of the … Continue reading

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The Look of the Feel (Pt. III)

Contributed by Michael Gardiner (Part III of A few thoughts on instrumental tone-color and the noh spectrum.) Nohkan There are numerous scholarly sources describing the construction and basic principles of the noh flute, so I will forego such commentary here.  … Continue reading

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