Singing, dance and rhythm in nō theatre


Singing, dance and rhythm in nō theatre

Come and see an extraordinary traditional Japanese show on 26 May 2017 at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera.

Two Japanese men kneeling onstage in kimonos against a backdrop featuring a large treeA scene from a play: In the centre of the stage two actors wearing colorful kimonos and Japanese masksWarsaw’s Theatre Museum is honoured to present Jo ha kyū. Singing, dance and rhythm in  theatre. Jo ha kyū is a principle of composition applied in all elements of traditional Japanese nō drama. Following the rule, the performance, the musical score, and the actors’ gestures are divided into three parts. Consequently, a nō play begins with a slow part – jo, gains momentum in the middle part – ha, when the characters tell their stories, and reaches its climax in kyū, the finale. 

The evening’s programme includes excerpts of two nō plays: Hagoromo (The Feather Mantle) and Sumidagawa (Sumida River), a Jo no Mai dance performed according to the ashirai convention, a fragment of the play Tenko (A Celestial Drum) presented according to the convention of the itchō recital, and talks by actors explaining the composition of a noh play.

26 May 2017, 5:30 pm, Redutowe Rooms, Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera

Kanji Shimizu – shite kata actor, Kanze school, Tessenkai Theatre
Toriyama Naoya – hayashi kata musician, Kanze Kotsuzumi school

and Jadwiga Rodowicz-Czechowska, Yoko Fujii Karpoluk, Jakub Karpoluk, Polish Nō Theatre Training Group

Ticket price: 1 zł 
Inquiries: Theatre Museum, tel. +48 22 69 20 211

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Pictured: Toriyama Naoya and Kanji Shimizu
Jakub Karpoluk, Tessenkai Theatre