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2019.12.04

Kyogen in New York!

(Please note that this page was created using Google's automatic translation service and understand that because of this, its translation may not necessarily be accurate.)

Cypress stage of Kyogen teacher living in the 21st century
Vol.11 "The Heart Of KYOGEN" in USA
Okura Doctrine (Nogaku Kyogen Style Okura Style)

Walk with Stasta.
Put your hands in your pockets and walk with your stride.
It's twice as fast or faster than usual. As a resident of this city, I walk as soon as I say this is everyday.
Everybody who goes to town walks fast. Crosses at red light. The car sounds horny. The sound resonates well between high-rise buildings. Skin and hair colors also vary.

I am busy just walking. This is New York.

As stores and companies change rapidly with the times, how does Kyogen performance “The Heart Of KYOGEN”, which has a tradition of 650 years, appear in New Yorkers?

During his five-day stay in the United States, he traveled to New York University, Princeton University, Keio Academy of New York, and on the last day went to Washington, DC for workshops at educational institutions such as George Washington University. This performance is a theater called "BRUNO WALTER AUDITORIUM" in New York.

The contents are as follows.
At the same time as the performance, "Hurry Hurry" and a Kyogenist appeared, and it began with "We'll hurry to New York." Another Kyogenist also appeared, "Hurry Hurry" and walked through the streets of New York with two people. On the way, he says, "Who is that big woman?" "It's the Statue of Liberty", and introduces famous places such as "What is this tall tower" and "This is the Empire State Building". While doing soI started with an intro that said, "No, I arrived at 〇〇 (venue name) somehow." Although it is not a domestic production, it is specially made for overseas use. The customers were happy and laughed at this alone. Of course, with subtitles.

It is our way to give a lecture before the performance.
The stage does not change its background, does not rely on sound or lighting, and it is Kyogen that the actors express everything with dialogue and movement. Here, I put a performance and put it in a quiz format where the actor's actions were applied. There were some things that were hard to hit, but the customers were having fun while worrying about their heads.

And introduce the "face" that is also posted on the flyer.
The Kyogen face is also used when playing animals in addition to God and spirits, but everyone was surprised to hear this face as a "mosquito" spirit. The reaction was the same in Japan, but the interpreter seemed surprised and asked us many times, "Really?"

I had a little experience. It was a pleasure to actively challenge Kyogen's attitude and voice. I think this point is a manifestation of the national character, who wants to deepen his understanding by experiencing and experiencing the body by moving himself. Even with a very small participation rate, there was a situation where we provided a little service.

The performances are "Nune Ongaku" and "Bushi". Both are easy to understand and are popular in Japan.
Overseas performances are now usually subtitled. He has been with the organizer Noh Society for almost five years. CharacterIf the curtain is not pressed in time, there will be a time lag between the performance and the laughter of the customers, so we consulted closely about how to fill this and rehearsed. Thanks to that, I was able to work on the stage very comfortably.

After the show, it was a great harvest to be able to talk with the staff as well as launching with the staff.
Focus on lectures or performance. I'd like to be performance-only if possible, but wouldn't it be better to have a lecture? What is your style and what you really want to convey? Hot discussions were held. With this discussion in mind, I'd like to show you a more powerful performance next time.

Customers vary in age. Some children are fluent in Japanese. Some were Columbia University students. He told me that he was interested in Japanese classical literature and medieval culture. We were surprised because we were so familiar with fields that we couldn't easily get.
Japan is a country with a long history and a diverse culture. That's why I have learned that not only manga and cosplay but also various charms are scattered with each era.