NOH+DENMARK 2017

REPORT

NOH +DENMARK 2017 consisted of two workshops and three regular performances in the course of three days (22/9 - 24/9).

 

The workshops (22/9) included a total number of eighty participants comprised of students from Aarhus University’s Japanese Department and Department of Aesthetics and Culture.

The topics covered included instructions in Noh singing, dancing and musical performance as well as hands-on experiences of Noh kimonos and Noh masks enabling the students to interact closely with the Japanese Noh performers and gain rare first-hand experiences of the Noh theatre in practice.

The performances, held at Aarhus University (22/9), Designmuseum Denmark (23/9) and KoncertKirken (24/9) respectively, presented varied programs of traditional Noh plays and musical pieces.

 

As a way to cross cultural borders and foster artistic exchange between Japan and Denmark, the final performance held at KoncertKirken included moreover a unique musical collaboration in which the Japanese Noh performers were joined by two contemporary improvising musicians based in Copenhagen, Danielle Dahl (NO) and Anders Vestergaard (DK).

PROJECT OVERVIEW

1. EVENTS

1) NOH+AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Date: 22/9/2017
Place: Aarhus University

2) NOH+DESIGNMUSEUM DANMARK

Date: 23/9/2017
Place: Designmuseum Danmark

3) NOH+KONCERTKIRKEN
Date: 24/9/2017
Place: KoncertKirken Blågårdsplads

2.  PERFORMERS

Shite (main role) and Jiutai (chorus)

Takashi Takeda (JP) Isa Takeda (JP) Hajime Tazaki (JP) Shūga Fujii (JP)

Nohkan (flute)

Shuntarō Kumamoto (JP)
Kotsuzumi (small hand drum)

Kazuto Shimizu (JP)
Ōtsuzumi (hip drum)

Yasuyuki Shirasaka (JP)
Taiko (stick drum)

Akira Sawada (JP)
Saxophone

Danielle Dahl (NO)
Percussion

Anders Vestergaard (DK)

3.  ORGANISERS

Isa Takeda (JP)
Simon Roy Christensen (DK)
Yukiko Nakayama (JP)

 

4. CO-ORGANISER

Aarhus Universitet
 

5 SUPPORTERS

Embassy of Denmark in Japan

Danish Arts Foundation
Toyota Foundation
EU-Japan Fest
København Kommunes Musikudvalg

Designmuseum Danmark

KoncertKirken Blågårdsplads