Overcome the corona wreck and move to a new stage! Interview with Kamakura Noh Stage, Kanta Nakamori
In 2020, the whole world has stopped due to an unprecedented disaster. How have the people involved in the performing arts survived this crisis, with almost all performances being canceled?
We interviewed Kamakura Noh Stage, Kanta Nakamori, who is actively engaged in crowdfunding and zoom training while being in the world of traditional performing arts, and is opening up a new world.
I heard that the corona sickness this time was a difficult situation for people involved in traditional performing arts.
For us, the performance on March 12th was completely suspended at the end. After verifying the effects of infection prevention measures and formulating preventive guidelines, we finally resumed the performance on September 22, using various subsidies, but we could not do anything for about half a year. Will be. Until the state of emergency was lifted in May, our disciples were not practicing, so our income was almost zero. It was a really difficult time.
It seems that you did not just go through such a period silently, but worked on various new things.
I had plenty of time, so I first opened a YouTube channel. The content is mainly about the stage, Noh mask, and costumes. I hope that you will take this opportunity to become interested in Noh and motivate yourself to go to performances or start practicing after the corona has converged.It is delivered at.
We actually received inquiries from several people, so we started practicing zoom. Some people have contacted me from London. There is a time lag in online, so it can be difficult to do, but I am still practicing in London twice a month.
It seems that some organizations distribute videos of performances for free, but I haven't done so so far because it may hunt me down in the future.
It feels like a surprising combination of traditional performing arts and online.
That's not true (laughs). I also participate in online drinking parties, get new information from those places, and meet new customers. Originally, I started facebook after being recommended by my friends, but it's been about 10 years now. To be honest, it was annoying at first, and I felt like I started reluctantly (laughs), but now I have nearly 5,000 "friends".
This time, we also worked on crowdfunding (CF )
CF was triggered by a voice from the Yomiuri Shimbun.
* About CF of Kamakura Noh stage; "> Here !
I saw an old reporter complaining about my plight on facebook, and he gave me a lot of support. I was so happy to hear the support of many people, including my classmates in high school and the support of my "friends" on facebook.
Not limited to traditional performing arts, there is an idea that it is not cool to make a soft sound, so it is not that I was not hesitant to work on CF. But if you are really in trouble, you should honestly say "please help". If you don't appeal, you won't be able to tell what you really are.
Another CF was held at Kamakon , a volunteer group active in Kamakura.
In August, he planned the "Machi noh Noh Performing Arts Festival" from the idea that "I think we can support by using the stage of the Kamakura Noh stage and paying the usage fee." Not only traditional performing arts, but also a total of 12 groups including jazz guitar, piano, violin, juggling, and picture-story show appeared, and the performance was distributed on YouTube. As a result of this, the number of YouTube channel subscribers has increased, and it is also a harvest to be able to appeal the wide range of usage of the Kamakura Noh stage.
There used to be an image of Noh Kyogen as "what a person who understands sees", but that leaves us behind in the flow of the times. You can't actually get it without sowing the seeds. In order to sow seeds, it is important to carry out dissemination activities such as student appreciation events, so Kanagawa PrefectureI am deeply grateful to Kamakura City for its support.
I have the impression that the Kamakura Noh stage is active in new attempts.
On the Kamakura Noh stage, subtitles in both Japanese and English have been projected on the side of the stage for some time. At first, there were many negative opinions, but when we actually tried it, it was well received by our customers. It may have been better to focus on simple explanations so that you can read the song quickly while watching the stage, instead of translating the full text of the song. Also, we are already considering changing the lighting to LED (although there are issues to consider, such as the color of the costume changing and appearing), and in the future I would like to incorporate projection mapping as well. ..
* From the performance in November 2018. Image courtesy of Kamakura Noh Stage
Although the corona disaster was a major disaster, the opportunities for us to be taken up by the media have increased dramatically, and our responsiveness has also improved. Taking this as an opportunity, I would like to consider actively acquiring sponsors in the future. Since the stage curtain of the theater contains the sponsor's name, it's an extreme story, it's an ant to put the sponsor's name next to the pine on the end plate (laughs).
In order for Noh Kyogen to continue in the future, I think it is necessary to work on new things while valuing tradition. We will exchange opinions with a wide variety of people and create a stage that will please our customers.I want to make it.
Kamakura Noh StageThe Kamakura Noh Stage was founded by the late Shozo Nakamori in Hase, Kamakura City on May 3, 1970, with the aim of con ･･･East-West confrontation of plaster on the Kamakura Noh stage !?2018.05.01
The Kamakura Nohbutai was founded by the late Shozo Nakamori in Hase, Kamakura City on May 3, 1970, with the aim of contributing to the improvement of culture through the disclosure and promotion of traditional Japanese performing arts and Noh. .. (Completion was in April 1971) Currently, Kanta Nakamori is the successor and is moving. In addition to holding the regular performance "Knowing Noh" ®, the Noh museum exhibits the stage, Noh masks, Noh costumes, etc. It can also be used for exhibitions. On November 1, 2011 (Heisei 23), we were certified as a public interest incorporated foundation by Kanagawa Prefecture.
In addition, from 2009, it opened as a publicly open "Noh Museum" in the museum. You can see the Noh stage and the exhibition of Noh masks and Noh costumes.
Address3-5-13 Hase, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Business Hour10: 00-16: 00 [Closed] Sundays, public holidays, and other irregular holidays * If you apply in advance, you can visit on Sundays and public holidays.
Parking AreaNone (There is no private parking lot)
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