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2018.12.12

Natsumori Nakamori x Shinsai Nomura "Fun to know! The world of Noh / Kyogen" ~ First part ~

Nukamori Nakamori, who has set up a dedicated monitor on the Noh theater and plays Noh while projecting Japanese and English subtitles. Nomura Shinsai is also active in cross-genre expressions such as performing Shakespeare in the style of Kyogen and dancing contemporary music. The other day, two people who finished the co-star at the "Kanomukaikai" held at Yokohama Nohgakudo talked about the charm of Noh and Kyogen, traditional Japanese performing arts, and future activities.
In the first part, while preserving the tradition of Noh and Kyogen, we ask about the idea for a new attempt to appeal to the modern audience.

Subtitles are adopted in Nakamori Kamakura Noh Stage, but this is because we want the first-time visitors and customers from overseas to enjoy Noh more.
Today, the people who know Noh's stories and promises are very few, so some kind of help is needed to enjoy the stage. However, if you make the meaning of the movement, the words, etc. all subtitles, you will be chased by reading subtitles and you will not have enough time to see the stage. Subtitles are an auxiliary thing to the end, because we want customers to enjoy the world that is unfolded on the stage while using their imagination. We are still in the experimental stage, but we would like to exchange ideas with the team studying the earphone guides and to provide better ones.

The words of Nomura Kyogen are written in a spoken language, so even the old language can be understood somehow. However, since there are words that can not be understood only by listening to sounds, the brochure function has a dictionary function in our sponsored performances. For example, "Bumo". Because it is "parent" in characters, if you check in advance, you can understand it without reading subtitles. I would like to be able to select a method that is easy for the viewer to enjoy.

Nakamori In modern Japan, I think that there are many people who are imprinted that Noh is "hard" and "uninteresting". We also visit schools, but most of them are teachers and parents of students who have never seen Noh. Because it is such a situation, it is the first to have you be interested in Noh. I will continue to actively visit schools, and I think that it is also necessary to have an appreciation support like subtitles.
However, if you change the stage "intelligibly", it will not be a Noh. We are looking for a way to be understood by everyone while maintaining the traditional form.

Nomura cuisine will be completely different if you change the recipe, but Noh and Kyogen are the same thing. We cherish traditional vessels called "Nohgakudo" and sometimes go out to schools and other facilities and open air spaces like Denno. Even in such cases, it is important to enjoy cooking while keeping the recipe.
However, there is a dilemma that words used in the classical world are Japanese but they are not understood like foreign languages. In this respect, the Noh and Kyogen world are also trying and making mistakes, such as adding subtitles and changing presentation methods, so I would like you to come to the Noh theater and experience it.

field Village I also try to collaborate with different genres, but that is only possible if I can find contact with the world of Kyogen.
For example, I have danced with the music of John Cage, a contemporary music, but he uses the world covered by natural phenomena such as the sound of the wind and the color of the sky as music, which is the world of Noh and Kyogen. Also, when playing Shakespeare in the style of Kyogen, "the Middle Ages" is a common term. Being beyond human knowledge, awe-inspiring great power, longing for God, etc. is also the theme of Kyogen, so you can play without hesitation.
But what if it is asked, "Disco sound also dances?" I don't say "I can't do it," but I think that we don't have to dance to the rhythm of the digital rhythm. I don't think there is anything I can not do, but then the goodness of crazy sounds disappears. I think that the point is whether or not there is anything that leads to kyoto under the hood.
I have also played with Nakamori Orchestra, but I felt that it would be a compromise whether we would dance to the orchestra or if the orchestra would play Noh BGM. It will be different if you spend your time and budget and write down the original music, but easy collaboration is difficult.

I choreographed "Bolero" of Nomura ballet music, but it can be done because it has a commonality with the dance of Kyogen called "Sanban." The important thing is to find out what is common to both and show them together. It is said that "it is strange" in the connection that the customer can not be convinced.
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Nomura Kyougen often starts with the phrase, "Go around here." The name is not given, and no matter who the emperor or whoever, regardless of nobles, "everyone here". I think Noh is a true opposite idea.

Nakamori I see. Since Noh has developed as a religious play, the idea is to honor God, honor Buddha, and honor the emperor.

Nomura Kyougen draws the reversal phenomenon. A master who should have been a great mistake or a headman who is a servant is smarter. Even in marital relationships, men are sloppy and women are more reliant.
In the world of Kyogen, critics are acquired by thinking that "If you forgive the world, even those who are great are not" people here "". If you look at human life critically, you can laugh away that "what human beings are doing is something else without love" and you can feel catharsis there. In a world that is not a rock, it may be a human who is not a rock, but it seems like "Oh, that's what it is." There may be a utility of Kyogen's "poisoned" around there.
* Kyougen "Sakai" Shooting-Shinji Masakawa

# 333399; "I think Nakamori isn't the only one in a single song, but there are many ways of directing it depending on the way of thinking, and there are many ways of expressing it, so I have the pleasure of choosing it myself, for example. How to choose Noh mask, because it can be a young woman or an old woman, you can freely direct it while thinking about yourself, which may be close to the feeling of shooting a movie. Cooking songs is also a pleasure.
In addition, it is our job to bring up customers who say "interesting". Don't think "I'm angry" just by seeing it once, I go to Noh theater many times and see the appearances played by various people and enjoy "This person was like this" "This person is like this" One. I think it is important to foster customers who can enjoy the same ingredients in various ways.

* In the second part, there are also presents of signed colored paper given by two people, so look forward to!

* You can read the second part here >>