Kei’un-kai INI Gala Recital 2016 Celebrating Udaka Michishige’s 70th birthday
Place: Kongō Noh Theatre
Date: 21 August 2016 Time: from 09:00 until 17:00
Entrance Free of Charge
This year’s Kei’un-kai INI Gala Recital (21 August 2016 from 09:00) celebrates the 70th birthday of our teacher and leader, Kongō School Master-Actor Udaka Michishige. In the Sino-Japanese tradition, the 70th birthday is considered a special event, to be celebrated in style. Its name (古稀 koki), derives from a poem by Chinese literate Tufu (Toho, 杜甫, in Japanese): jinsei nanaju korai mare nari (人生七十古来稀なり), meaning that in those days it was rare to reach the age of seventy.
The event features various performances, including two full plays, Hagoromo and Sesshōseki, nyotai variant; two maibayashi dance and chant excerpts with musical accompaniment, Tomoe and Yamanba; as well as numerous chant and solo dance pieces. See the program below.
This year the INI will be represented by Senior Director Rebecca Teele Ogamo, singing in a rengin excerpt from the noh Hanjo, and Junior Director Diego Pellecchia, performing the shimai solo dance excerpt from the play Kurama Tengu. Pellecchia will also sing in various choruses for other performances. INI Summer Intensive Program 2016 participants Monica Alcantar, Regina Toon, and Lisa Swinbanks will also perform shimai dances.
Kei’un-kai INI Gala Recital 21st August 2016
Kongo Noh Theatre, Kyoto
Kami-uta (recitation of the ritual performance Okina)
Su-utai (solo chant of a full play): Shunkan
Rengin (chant excerpt): Hashi-Benkei
Shimai (dance excerpt with chant): Oimatsu; Yuya; Shōjō (performed by the INI 2016 Summer Program Participants)
Shimai: Atsumori (kuse); Kokaji (kiri); Tsurukame; Tsunemasa; Chikubushima; Yuki; Ashikari; Koma no Dan; Makura-jidō.
Maibayashi (dance excerpt with chant and music): Tomoe (Itō Yūki)
Bangai shimai (performed by professional actors): Tama no dan (Udaka Norishige); Tanikō (Udaka Tatsushige)
Noh: Hagoromo (Hirasawa Yumiko)
Maibayashi: Yamamba (Chiba Mariko)
Bangai shimai: Kumasaka (Udaka Michishige)
Noh: Sesshōseki – Nyotai (Kurochiku Tokindo)
Shimai: Kurama Tengu; Izutsu; Yorobōshi; Uta-ura (kuse); Himuro; Hanagatami; Kayoi Komachi; Uta-ura (kiri); Aoinoue; Shokun.
Ending time: 17:00
How wonderful an event for you all. I wish I could be there. Best wishes.
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