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Once Chance, One Meeting

Contributed by David Surtasky (Editor’s Note: The below entry is one of a series of more abstract reflections on the craft of noh. Please see Jo-ha-kyu, Beyond the Agemaku and Fudō Myō-ō: The Immovable. Questions without answers; the intent is only … 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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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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Renshō

(Additional reflections on the battle of Ichi-no-tani, March 18 1184) Renshō awakens to find the world is fragile like a dream. In ages past he took the lives of men and youth he dashed their souls from their bodies, the … Continue reading

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Kumagai no Jirō Naozane

(Below is a reflection on the battle at Ichi-no-tani, March 18, 1184 between the Genji and Heike clans as told in the Heike Monogatari from which the noh play Atsumori is derived. Kumagai no Jirō Naozane is the warrior who becomes … Continue reading

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Lament of the Heike

Atsumori (kuse) [By Zeami, translated and adapted by David Crandall © 2012] The lament of the Heike Masters of the world for twenty years and more But in just a single generation Swept away like a brief dream never to … Continue reading

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