Music of the Noh Theatre and other things theatrically Japanese
- A new review of a classic recording of Japanese Noh Theatre music. I have a smimilar CD, and can vouch for the amazing sounds of Noh.
- On the weekend I saw Richard Emmert in full performance mode at the Art Gallery of NSW - he was incredible. A performance of his Noh play in English, Sumida River, has just been done at a Zen retreat centre. Would have been amazing.
- "If you are a beginner you will probably be told that the most important thing is not to get into other people’s way. In other words, don’t sing too loud, pay extra care to fit into the pauses, etc." Learning to perform in the Japanese Noh theatre is daunting and takes years of training. Diego Pellechia writes about his experience coming out from behind the wall of anonymous performance.
- A surprising influence on modern theatre: Even Philip Glass has given Noh a go! "All of these artists have found power in the formalism, minimalism and stylised theatricality of Noh to create anti-naturalistic and anti-Stanislavskian work." But the unrelenting simplicity can be rather terrifying, especially when it's all based on the "kamae, the basic standing position from which everything else follows."
- This podcast with Dr. Khanh Trinh, curator of Japanese art, talks about Theatre of Dreams, Theatre of Play, the new exhibition at AGNSW.
- You can see the unnervingly beautiful masks of Noh on display in Sydney.
- Occupied bodies: re-thinking the atomic gaze in ankoku butoh - a free lecture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of their Theatre of dreams, theatre of play: nō and kyōgen in Japan exhibition. Lecture will be given by Dr Adam Broinowski on Wednesday 23 July 2014 6pm – 7pm.
Should be amazing.