Living and breathing history, through noh

Stage Mar 1, 2018

Living and breathing history, through noh

by Katherine Whatley

Noh performer Hisa Uzawa has spent her life devoted to an art form that — with its slow and steady movements, sparse staging and ancient chanting — may at first seem staid. In her hands, however, the 650-year-old tradition becomes relentlessly contemporary. Uzawa was born ...

Rethinking noh for the opera crowd

Stage | Backstage Pass Mar 1, 2018

Rethinking noh for the opera crowd

by Chiho Iuchi

Artists have long mined older works to create new forms of expression, just look at the continuing relevance of Shakespeare's stories. Among the oldest surviving performing arts of Japan, noh has been a source of inspiration for many in Japan. Combining narrative chanting, slow movements ...

All change for Kanze noh theater

Stage Mar 18, 2015

All change for Kanze noh theater

by Ayako Takahashi

Of Japan's many traditional performing arts, noh is the most refined — and among its most prominent figures today is 55-year-old Kiyokazu Kanze, the 26th head of its largest faction, the Kanze School. A descendant of the father and son pair Kan'ami and Zeami who ...

French artiste par excellence hails noh highs

Stage Feb 25, 2015

French artiste par excellence hails noh highs

by Kaori Shoji

French comedian extraordinaire Guillaume Gallienne has a sizeable Japanese fan base, which gratifies him most heartily. "I feel like the Japanese get me and vice versa — and at one time, I thought I'd even make my home here," the 42-year-old performer/filmmaker said in excellent ...