On 17 August 2014 from 9:30am the Kei’un-kai (the group Udaka Michishige’s students, incuding the International Noh Institute) will hold a Memorial Performance at the Kongō Noh Theatre in Kyoto. The performance will begin with two bangai shimai or special feature dance excerpts by masters Taneda Michikazu (Eguchi) and Udaka Michishige (Fujitō), followed by a recitation of an excerpt from the Noh Seigan-ji by Udaka Michishige’s sons, Tatsushige and Norishige. Student performances will begin at 9:50 and will feature a number of shimai, maibayashi and two full Noh plays (from 13:00 Atsumori, Shite: Nagao Atsushi; from 17:00 Funa Benkei, Shite: Higaki Takafumi).
ADMISSION FREE: feel free to come and go quietly. An English synopsis of the program will be available. Download here the full program (Japanese only).
Members of the International Noh Institute will perform the following dances:
Elaine Czech (イレーイン・チェック) shimai: Kochō (11:00 group)
Monique Arnaud (モニック・アルノー) maibayashi: Tsurukame (12:00 group)
Diego Pellecchia (高谷大悟) maibayashi: Tōru (12:00 group)
Rebecca Teele Ogamo (小鴨梨辺華) shimai: Kashiwazaki (16:40 group)
Kongo-ryu Shihan Monique Arnaud
Monique Arnaud and Cristina Picelli from the Italian branch of the International Noh Institute will join the Nipponbashi Festival in Treviso, Italy on Saturday 12th July. The event features an open lecture on Noh theatre by Prof. Bonaventura Ruperti (Ca’ Foscari University – Venice) from 18:00 to 20:00, followed by a chant and dance from 21:30 to 22:30. This is a wonderful opportunity for those in the area to attend an introduction to Noh by Monique Arnaud (IUAV University – Venice), the only licensed Noh instructor currently resident in Europe.
On Sunday 13th from 10:00 to 18:00 visitors of the festival will be able to participate to a Noh theatre workshop. If you are interested in the participating contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Find the full program of the event here (Italian).
The 1st INI Summer Intensive Course in Vancouver was a two-week series of workshops including mask-carving, shimai, and utai conducted by Udaka-sensei and organised/facilitated by INI Canadian representative Lee Stothers on an outdoor Noh stage in North Vancouver. The pictures below document the intensive mask carving session. Elaine Czech, who took the pictures, participated to the workshop and decided to continue the practice of Noh afterwards. She is now one of the junior INI members in Kyoto!
Canadian and Korean participants of the 1st Summer Intensive Course in Vancouver and Udaka Michishige