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Kyogen practice is bright, fun and energetic!

狂言の稽古は、明るく 楽しく 元気よく!

A cypress stage for Kyogen performers living in the 21st century
Vol.2 Kyogen rehearsals are bright, fun and energetic!
Okura doctrine (Noh actor Kyogen style Okura style)

"Can I speak louder?" I was surprised when the student asked with a surprised expression. Because you have to speak loudly in rehearsals, and that's the kind of play you have to do. But if you think about it carefully, this is the Kaguraden in the precincts of the shrine, and it is semi-outdoor. It can certainly be intimidating to speak loudly outside. When I urged them to "do it without worrying about it," the students shouted loudly! The voice broke the silence, was sucked into the trees in the precincts, or disappeared with the wind. The stillness that returns. There are many students who like this so much that they continue to do so.

What is "voice"? It must be something that proves who you are. Voiceprints, like fingerprints, are never the same. By speaking out, I exist here. I think it's proof that I live here.

The job of a Kyogen performer living in the 21st century is not just to stand on stage. It is also an important job to open a “classroom” to spread Kyogen culture and teach students dance and utai.
Kyogen practice begins by imitating the teacher. I imitate everything from singing songs to the set movements of the play. It may be a small thing, but I will pursue every move until it takes shape. Keep movement to a minimum. and beautifully. I'm going to polish it while facing my body.

There are various reasons why students started Kyogen. Office workers, housewives, teachers, students, and children. From first year students to over 30 years old students! The motto of the classroom is "Bright, fun and energetic!"


This time, I would like to ask all the students about this.

Why did you start Kyogen?

TYI don't want to lose myself in the stress of work.
MMI've been watching classical performing arts performances for many years, but one day I suddenly wanted to try it.
MY When I was in the 1st grade of elementary school, I was interested in seeing leaflets distributed at school.

Each Kyogen career is different, but please tell us why you continue.

TMIt 's a flexible practice with a charming teacher (laughs)

I'm happy (laughs)

MMIt feels good to speak out loud, and I also gained the courage to stand in front of people.
MY As soon as a recital ends, I immediately start thinking about the next recital, so I can't stop!

It's a practice at a shrine, not a studio, but what about the location?

Since worshipers pass in front of MY , I feel that I can practice assuming a customer as well as the actual performance.
TY It's a sacred place, so it's a place where you can't do bad things (laughs)
TMI am geographically advantageous. I also like the retro atmosphere.
MM I also feel quiet.

You are encouraged to practice hard every time, but what do you look for in practice?

Of course, TY technology is important, but it is also important that the teacher has an explanation of Japanese culture that matches the content.
Through MY Mai, I want to improve the beauty of my body.
MM: I want to approach each show with a sense of tension. In addition, there are discoveries that lead to various things.
TMI think it would be interesting to have a song study session by incorporating multiple lessons.

What is the appeal of Kyogen?

MY is no longer a choice of laughter (laughs)
TYThat 's right. Whether you are watching, acting, or dancing, I believe that it is the worldview that you create.
TMI find it fun to draw brightly and simply universal themes such as human stupidity, cunning, and shallowness.
Like MM , it's a universal human humor and a fantastic and surreal world.

Finally, please tell us about your vision for the future.

MY I don't know how far I can go, but I want to go as far as I can! I think I will continue Kyogen for a while.
I want to connect with various people through TY Kyogen and live happily ever after.
MM : I want to enjoy the gap between the part that hasn't changed and the part that has grown.
TM I am looking for a place where I can work as a senior crowner after retiring (laughs).

Everyone in the classroom has a different purpose.

On this day, we concentrated on rehearsing for the Kyogen "Mosquito Sumo" that will be dedicated at the Nakanoshima Inari Shrine annual festival on October 6th. Admission is free on the day of the performance, and anyone can come and see it, so even if you have never seen Kyogen before, please do come along.
And if you saw the results of the students' daily practice and thought, "I want to try it myself!"

The rehearsal room is posted on the Okura doctrine blog "Norinori Kyogen Life" http://ohnori.blog52.fc2.com/ !

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