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"Recommendations for Noh and Kyogen" -Yuichi Kinoshita (Kinoshita Kabuki)

「能・狂言のススメ」ー木ノ下裕一(木ノ下歌舞伎)
2015.12.25 released

The history and charm can be understood quickly with this!
A special dialogue between Mr. Noh and Mr. Kyogen!

Sentence: Yuichi Kinoshita

An easy-to-understand explanation of the history and charm of Noh and Kyogen! I was really wondering what happened when I received a heavy order. Already, I hoped that both "Noh" and "Kyogen" would appear, and I thought that I would like them to speak from their own mouth, so I set up a dialogue. Fortunately, both of us kindly agreed, and we talked a lot. We will deliver the state of the dialogue.

After all, both of them have lived a long life (?) For hundreds of years, so the story is complicated here and there. I thought that it would be a guide, so I gave some notes, so I hope you enjoy it as well.

Who did "Noh" and "Kyogen" come from?

Noh We are brothers.

Kyogen Yes, it's also twins. Hey, brother.

Noh . But I'm not sure when I was born. There are various theories … Physical mindIt was roughly 600 years since it was in the Muromachi period * 1 .

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 01

Even in Kyogen , of course, I lived before that, and all I knew was that I had lived for a long time.

Noh Our mother * 2 is unfortunately dead, but seems to have been around since an older age. After all, I know the Nara period.

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 02

Kyogen Fu, old!

Noh mother was originally from JapanI'm not a person. Everything seems to have come all the way from mainland China during the Nara period * 3 .

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 03

I had a hard time with Kyogen , mom …

No , it doesn't seem to be the case. In Japan, it seems that Kecko was welcomed all over the country. It seems that he was also active in the national ceremony of opening the eyes of the Great Buddha * 4 . In modern times, it's like attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Anyway, it seems that nobles and powerful people loved it * 5 .

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 04-05

Kyogen * 6 !

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 06

Even in Noh , I gradually became friends with the common people. I wonder if it was too lively and was alienated by "people without trouble" * 7 ? Well, it was originally a popular personality.

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 07

Kyogen around that time? Did you meet your father?

I don't know it well, but it may be . I wonder if it's time to solidify after the "brilliant bachelor era" is over.

* 8 .

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 08

I don't really know what kind of person he was * 9 . I think he was a Japanese person. I imagine he was a simple person, though. Moreover, there are rumors that there are many dads … because my mother was a flashy person.

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 09

Kyogen Our family is complicated …

Noh And we were born! At first, they were all one and the same, at least during the Heian period… The name was "Sarugaku" and they were alone.

Kyogen It gradually divides. My brother has a serious personality and is good at singing and dancing. I like to make people laugh, and I'm more of a "slanting" type of personality …

Noh is twisted (laughs).

Because it's Kyogen , I gradually started to divide the roles * 10 . That's because the relationship works better. But it's interesting that even though they are twins, their personalities are different.

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 10

Noh Really, do you know that we are not twins, blood is not connected, that is, there is a theory that they are red strangers?

Kyogen ! !! !! What's that, it's my first time hearing!

Noh was originally born in the countryside, and it is rumored that his mother was adopted * 11 .

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 11

Kyogen super shock! I always thought I was a twin brother … Stop it, suddenly such a bomb remark!

I don't know if it's true or false , but I've been dating my brothers for a long time, and now it doesn't matter which one. We've been on good terms for a long time. I'm living separately now for various reasons, but I've lived together for a long time, and until the Edo period, I always acted together * 12 .

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 12

After going through the office worker era, look for a place for each activity …

ff9900; "> Kyogen Speaking of the Edo period, we were living as office workers at that time * 13 .

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 13

Noh At that time, my life was very stable, but from now on, it was stiff.

Kyogen brother is serious about his roots, so I think he was doing pretty well, but I was treated as a bad employee because of his ridiculous personality, and the only time I could play an active part was at a banquet, which was painful. I was treated lower than my brother. It may be paranoid, though.

Noh , but the company suddenly went bankrupt * 14 , and it's been difficult after that …

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 14>

Kyogen That time may have been the toughest time for us. I was so poor that I was on the verge of starvation.

Noh , I thought that I would really die, so each of us is looking for a new place for activity.

Kyogen It was around that time that I stopped living together. Now, everyone sees us as separate things, like "Noh" and "Kyogen", and they are often performed separately, but after all, they are brothers, and if possible, I want you to see both.

Noh That's true.

Kyogen brother is very profound and impressive, with beautiful singing and dancing, and is sophisticated as a musical drama. But it takes a while to understand the promise. I'm more of a dialogue drama, the content is frank, and I think it's easy to get along with, so it might be a good idea for beginners to watch it from me.

Noh , there are many things that have the same content. For example, the story of a demon or the story of a blind person as the main character. By looking at both, I think that the perspective will be deepened. You can see the difference between our two personalities. Eh, twin entertainment? The way of drawing is completely different.

9900; "> Kyogen After all, I wonder if I'm a brother … I wonder if I'm a child …

Noh : You care about the story …

What are the similarities and differences between the two?

The <demon> drawn by Kyogen brother is really scary. It rampages and harms humans. What's more, even though he was originally a human being, he often draws the tragedy of becoming a demon with jealousy, obsession, and trauma. So, it's horrifyingly real, and I think I might become a "demon" …

Noh Compared to that, the demon you draw is really charming. I'm a fool, I'm weak, I like girls and I try hard to argue, but in the end I was thrown beans and hurriedly dismissed (laughs).

Kyogen is all about demons (laughs).

Noh , but that's why it's a lovable demon. Besides, they may have something in common in that they are trying to draw humans. It can be said that I express the ugly human figure that is obsessed with obsession with the existence of "demon", and you are more human-like "demon" than human beings. By daring to borrow the existence of "demon", can we express human weakness, loneliness, and therefore loveliness more harshly?and others. At first, customers can see "Oh, it's a story of a demon" in other people's affairs, but then I think "Wait, this is ourselves ?!".

Kyogen Oh yeah! That is common! After all, we may be genuine twins! Also, in general, it seems that my brother is in charge of "tragedy" and I am in charge of "comedy", but how about that? I honestly think. Well, if you take out only the contents, it looks like that. But even my brother is pretty funny.

Noh ! yes?

Even Kyogen , for example, the stage set called "Fake" * 15 is completely strange! I'm so particular about costumes and props, but is that the right thing to do? !! I think (laughs).

Noh / Kyogen Recommendation 15

If you say Noh … There are many Noh masks that have a "funny face" when you take a closer look (laughs).

Kyogen contentIt's pretty weird. The protagonist is very pessimistic and gives off a serious atmosphere, but there are many things that make you want to rush in, "No, that way of worrying, isn't it?"

Noh I feel like I understand a little. It's funny to see someone else's worries and consultations on the side.

Kyogen I like that kind of serious and "natural" part of my brother. I liked it so much that I made a program called "Octopus". A parody of his older brother. The ghost of a cooked octopus is the main character, and he appears saying "I can't make a Buddhahood …".

Noh is politely added with "Utai" and "Four beats" to create a proper Noh structure. I've been thinking about it for a long time, but are you making a fool of me in that performance?

Kyogen is ridiculous! "Rispekuto" is "Rispekuto".

Noh You are also called a comedy, but there are many things that are quite sad. There are also performances such as "Tsukimi Zato", "Winnowing Pan", and "Wu Evil" that make you feel horrified. It's like "I think it's going to happen soon …".

I feel like I understand Kyogen . Many of these characters are weird, but if you look closely, they all have a bit of sadness and loneliness from the common people. Kyogen's "laughter" is the main characterThere are many usual patterns of trying something, but it fails, but moreover, everyone does not plan what to do with the nation or society, do not plan such a big thing, at best, want to steal and drink alcohol. , I want to persuade a girl, I want a little money, I have little hope. But there is sadness in the fact that even such a small hope does not work. The more I laugh, the more I get a little gin. The lonely person's "Kara Genki" is more sad … I think.

I can't even tell if it's a Noh tragedy or a comedy. What's interesting about us is that it's not straightforward. I really want various people to see it. First of all, from Kyogen! It's the oldest existing dialogue drama in Japan, laughing, laughing, a little as a gin … Such a superb theater experience is waiting for you.

Kyogen After that, Noh! Comfortable music, comfortable singing, comfortable seating chairs, loose movements, sleeping and sleeping … If you wake up a little, the story is not so advanced and you sleep again … Such a superb sleeping experience is waiting for you. (Smile)

Noh You're making a fool of me (laughs)

Author profile
Yuichi Kinoshita | Presided over by Kabuki Kinoshita
Born July 4, 1985 in Wakayama. 3rd grade of elementary schoolAt that time, he was shocked to hear Kamigata Rakugo and at the same time he started self-taught rakugo, and after that, he studied contemporary performing arts while expanding his interest in classical performing arts. In 2006, he launched Kinoshita Kabuki, which directs, prostheses and supervises classical performances. "Yoshitsune Senbon Sakura" ('12), "Kurozuka" ('14), "Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan-Through Performance-" ('14), "Sanjin Yoshizo" ('14, '15), "The Love Suicides at Heart" Amishima ”('15). He was nominated for the Yomiuri Theater Award for Best Picture in the first half of 2015 for "Sanjin Yoshizo", which was re-performed in 2015.

In addition, he is active in a wide range of activities such as writing and lectures on classical performing arts. Kyunasaka Studio Support Artist (2013-). Since 2014, he has been a Junior Fellow of the Saison Foundation. Graduated from Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School. Currently writing a doctoral dissertation. The research theme is "Takechi Kabuki Theory-About Kabuki New Production in Modern Times".

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