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Walking a Path to Pursue True Beauty with the Noh Training Project

Contributed by Jieun Lee [Editor’s note: Jieun Lee is a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia at Athens and is studying noh at the Noh Training Project 2013. Theatre Nohgaku is dedicated to contributing to the dialogue about noh … 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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Futari Shizuka (二人静)

(Editor’s note: the below summary is principally derived from “The Two Shizukas. Zemai’s Futari Shizuka”, Jacqueline Mueller, Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 36, No. 3 (Autumn, 1981), pp. 285-298, Published by Sophia University.) Contributed by David Surtasky Futari Shizuka (二人静) (summary) A … Continue reading

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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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Yamamba (山姥)

Contributed by David Surtasky Yamamba (山姥) (summary) A fifth category play attributed to Zeami Many years ago there was a popular dancer in Kyoto nicknamed Hyakuma-yamamba. She was famous for creating a kusemai telling the story of a Yamamba, a … Continue reading

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Hagoromo (羽衣)

Contributed by David Surtasky Hagoromo (羽衣) (summary)  A third category play attributed to Zeami  On a clear spring morning, after a night of passing rain, the fisherman Hakuryō and his companions traveled over the mountains and made their way to … Continue reading

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Kiyotsune (清経)

Contributed by David Surtasky Kiyotsune (清経) (summary) A second category play by Zeami Before the final demise of the Heike, Awazu no Saburo was a retainer to the warrior general Taira no Kiyotsune. In a disastrous set of circumstances at … Continue reading

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Matsukaze (松風)

Contributed by David Surtasky Matsukaze (summary)  A third category play, attributed to Kan’ami (revised by Zeami) A Buddhist priest once traveled through the provinces, and made a stop in Kyoto where he visited many famous temples and aged ruins and … Continue reading

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Aoi no Ue (葵上)

Contributed by David Surtasky Aoi no Ue (summary) A fourth category play attributed to Zeami (At the front of the stage is laid a kosode representing the stricken Lady Aoi.) A courtier arrives and announces that he serves the retired … 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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