Category Archives: Performance

Charity Noh Performance for Tohoku Disaster Relief at Kyoto Kanze Kaikan 3/11

Next week Kyoto Kanze Kaikan is holding two charity Noh performances to raise funds for victims of the 2011 Tohoku Disaster. They will be held on the morning and evening of March 11th – the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami.

猩々乱

猩々乱

If you aren’t familiar with Noh, it’s best to take a script with you. There is a lot of talking in Noh plays, they are speaking medieval Japanese, and the speech patterns are very stylized, so even for native Japanese they can be hard to understand. Mewby and I went to see a couple of Noh plays at the Kanze Kaikan last weekend, but we only had a script for one of the plays. Let me tell you it makes a big difference when watching Noh, if you have a script with you to follow along with. Fortunately, translations of the scripts for both of the plays next week are available on the excellent the能.com site, with both English and modern Japanese.

Date and Times: Tuesday March 11th

10:30-12:30: The main performance  is of the Noh play Tsunemasa. You can download a translated script here: 経正

18:30-20:30: The main performance is of the Noh play Shōjō Midare. You can download a translated script here: 猩々乱

Location: Kyoto Kanze Kaikan is on the south side of Niomon Street between Higashioji and Jingu-michi. It is a 10 minute walk north from from Higashiyama Subway Station. Here is a map.

IMG_7847 (Medium)Both performances cost 1,500. They can be booked in advance at this number: 075-771-6114075-771-6114 (Japanese). However, specific seats cannot be reserved.

More details of the performances can be seen here (Japanese): http://www.kyoto-kanze.jp/performanceguide/gien-noh.htm

Traditional Theater Training Summer Program in Kyoto

Continuing the theatrical theme from my last post, here’s something I found via http://shinpaideshou.wordpress.com. As it’s a summer program and in Kyoto, the part about “air-conditioned studios” is VERY important.

mission_logo02The Traditional Theater Training Program (T.T.T.) at Kyoto Art Center invites applications to its 30th annual program, July 18-20 (orientation and overview of performing arts) and training (Jul 21-Aug 8). Master-teachers of the Kanze school noh, Okura school kyogen, and Wakayagi school of nihonbuyo classical dance offer an immersive, authentic experience to artists and scholars. Classes are in the air-conditioned studios of the Kyoto Art Center, with a costumed recital on the Oe Noh Stage. Please find information in Japanese and English.ttt_photo_00

http://www.kac.or.jp/10528/

http://www.kac.or.jp/eng/news/10528/

There are early bird and and student/artist discounts, and special rates on hotels, hopefully making this affordable to participants, Japanese and non-, from around the world.

Jonah Salz jonah[at]world.ryukoku.ac.jp Program director

http://www.world.ryukoku.ac.jp/kenkyuka/teachers/salz.html
http://kyototheatrenow.blogspot.jp/

the能.com probably has pretty much everything you need to get started with Noh drama…

Noh masks

I have been following Diego Pellecchia’s Noh blog for a couple of months now,. Diego is training with the Kongō school of Noh, here in Kyoto and his blog offers a kind of portal into that world. Wanting to learn more, last week I asked him if he could recommend any beginner’s texts as an introduction to the world of Noh. Rather than a text he recommended this website, and I have to say it’s amazing! Not only do they have a wealth of instructional materials and essays on there, not only do they have performance schedules for all of Japan, not only do they have printable texts of the plays in both English & Japanese (new ones added each month!) which you can bring to performances, not only do they have a database of the masks used in performances, but (!) as I have just discovered, they also have photo-stories. Photo-Stories!
I have to say a big thank you, Diego! the能.com is a treasure!

Noh photostories

See also:
Japanese Noh Theater – An introductory essay by Ian Ropke
Takigi Noh (Noh by Firelight) – An annual June event at Heian Jingu Shrine
Diego Pellechia’s blog: http://nohtheatre.wordpress.com/
The International Noh Institute: http://www.noh-udaka.com/

OFF BEAT CHA CHA @ UrBANGUILD

off-beat-chaHere’s another FREE event, that some friends of mine are involved in, featuring very pleasant guitar music, a theremin player, genre-defying DJs + a mini flea market with records, old books and food on sale. The location: UrBANGUILD.

Thursday January 23rd -
Doors Open: 18.30
Show Starts: 19:30
★NO CHARGE!!★

LIVE
ジョンとポール
- “John and Paul” – Guitarists from Hiroshima. You can hear a couple of their tunes on their MySpace page.
高久さや華
- Sayaka Takaku - A theremin enthusiast she will be singing sacred songs, arias and jazz standards accompanied by her unusual instrument.

●DJ
Shinpei Noda 〈OFF BEAT〉
Takuya Matsuo 〈OFF BEAT〉
From Central America and back to Asia, Rock, Soul, Jazz, New Wave… What these records have in common defies explanation, yet somehow our DJs make the link. OFF BEAT o’er-leap times, genres and national borders to bring you the very best tunes from around the world.

●In the Flea Market
100,000Ton Alonetoco – (records)
PROTOTYPE RECORDS
Mund Shokudo – (food)
古書クロックワーク - (records and books)
And more!

★Early arrivers will receive a free compilation CD of select OFF BEAT tracks!

UrBANGUILD
From Sanjo Dori go down Kiyamachi Dori. This is the narrow street running alongside Takase stream. Urbanguild is on the east side (left hand side as you walk down from Sanjo). Walk approximately 150 metres. Its on the 3rd floor of the New Kyoto Building – access by elevator or stairs. Here’s a map.

Aya Oto World at The Weller’s Club

IMG_4796On January 7th I went to see Aya Oto World play at The Weller’s Club on Takoyakushi Street. This is a regular free show they do on the first Tuesday of every month. I’ve been to see them there a fair few times now, and written about them on here too – and I cannot figure out why more people don’t go to see them play. The music is great. A kind of soaring psychedelic, electro-rock, ambient dance music that really gets you hopping. Keyboard player Satoko Okuda is also a singer-songwriter and sometimes sings a few of her own numbers, and last week guitarist Kota “Fresh” Yamamoto sang a song of his own too. To make the night perfect, my old friend DJ Shinpei Noda was playing some classic ’70s and 80′s tracks between sets to get us all in the mood. A really fun night, with fun people! Next time I’m bringing a posse to fill the place up and give them all the audience they deserve.

Here are a few videos from the night followed by photos. Some cracking tunes in here. Stick your headphones on and let Aya Oto World carry you away.





Aya Oto World are Kota “Fresh” Yamamoto “Fresh” on guitar, Satoko Okuda on keyboards and Teruhiko Kawamoto on drums.
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DJ Shinpei Noda

IMG_4812Aya Oto World play a FREE show, usually with a guest DJ, at The Weller’s Club on the first Tuesday of every month. The next show is on February 4th. Please check the Aya Oto World website for the times. To find The Weller’s Club head west on Takoyakushi Dori from Kawaramachi. The Weller’s Club is on the north side of the street on the 5th floor between Fuyacho Dori and Tominokoji Dori. Look for the swirly purple Weller’s sign. Here’s a map.

In addition Kota and Satoko have some upcoming shows as the duo “Yamaoku”. On January 20th they will play at TakuTaku, as the third of four bands. And on February 28th they will play at Koenshokudo (公〇食堂) in a free event. Again, please check their website for details.

TEDxKyoto 2013 – My Top Five Talks

TEDxKyoto

This picture courtesy of TEDxKyoto

Now that the videos are up I’m going to post my favorite talks from this year’s TEDx Kyoto event. First though a word about the event as a whole. A lot of praise is due to Jay Klaphake and his team of volunteers for organizing this again this year. It was on the whole a great success and most of last year’s teething troubles had been cleared away. The presentation was a lot smoother, technical hitches gone, and when I used it, the simultaneous interpretation service from Japanese to English was pretty good. Unfortunately though Mewby found the English to Japanese interpretation largely unusable… For me though I only have one remaining gripe. That guy with the beard who comes on every year and has everyone practice their standing ovations. I’d rather he didn’t do that. Continue reading

Sailing Without the Wind: A Performance by Peter Golightly & Bruno the Bad Boy

Billed as a “evening of music, dance and life”, this show looks to be amazing and it bears a very important message…

Peter vs Bruno Flyer

Peter Golightly has kindly written to tell us more about it:

“I’m a long time Kyoto resident and I’ve been doing the dance singing theater thing for better than 30 years here. Bruno has been around for about 18 years. He’s a performance artist who started as a go-go boy with Japan’s first western style drag show “Diamond Night” before turning activist in the late 90′s.

We’ve been working with a group called “It Gets Better” a support group that uses video testimonials to reach out to at risk youth to let them know that even though things may seem hopeless, ”It gets better”. Our target group is LGBT youth, but the program reaches out to anyone who may be thinking that life isn’t worth suffering through.

This performance is kind of a pre-performance to a project that I’m working on with the US Consulate (I’ve recently met with the Embassy staff as well). I’ve written a play called “Medea’s Daughter” and we’re working to have it performed at the Consulate later this year. Bruno will be performing several of my songs as a part of this coming project which we are calling “Conversations With Sappho”. “Sappho” being the protagonist in my play. “Conversations”, because we are proposing a panel discussion as part of the event.

“Sailing Without the Wind” is a two part performance, with both Bruno and I singing songs of pain, hope, love and triumph. Our song lists range from standards (Wonderful World, Close Your Eyes), to Japanese Pops (Makka na Taiyou, Tsubasa Kudasai), to Modern Pop music (Adele’s Someone Like You), to my original songs. Bruno will be singing primarily in Japanese, and I in English, but we each cross over quite a bit.

Accompanying both of our sets is my long time collaborator Kaoru Nakanishi on the piano (though most people may know his face from the DJ booth at various Kansai club events including Diamond Night at the Metro), and Junji Ishida on the violin. Junji is an even older friend who I am happy to be reconnecting with.

In addition to the two 30+minute sets, Junji will do a one man mini-set using his violin and an elotronic looping system. Bruno will conduct one of his notorious “Kamishibai Sing-a-longs”, and Peter will perform his latest performance art piece, “Sailing With out the Wind”, a tri-lingual (Swedish, Japanese, and English) song, dance and marionette piece.

There are two shows 2:00pm and 6:30pm. Each performance lasts about two hours. There will be a 20 minute break between Bruno’s show and mine, and drinks and “T” shirts and copies of my children’s book/play “Monster Time” will be sold.”

Thank you Peter! I’m very much looking forward to catching your show!

Peter vs Bruno Flyer reversePerformance Details:
Date: Sunday July 21st
1st Stage Opens: 1.30 / Starts: 2.00
2nd Stage Opens: 18.00 / Starts: 18.30
Location: Rokkaku N Building 6F (Between Tominokoji and Yanaginobanba on the south side of Rokkaku St. Here is a map.)
Advance Tickets: 2300 yen / On the Door: 2500 yen (Grade schoolers ¥1000, JR. high~ high school students: ¥1500, College students & Seniors: ¥2300)
Contact: petergolightly[at]hotmail.com

SONORIA by Hanna Preuss December 1st & 2nd @ Atelier Gekken

Thanks to Micah Gampel for the following event information:

Please come for live performance art from Europe and special event
this Saturday and Sunday December 1st & 2nd. Celebrating the anniversary of 20 years of friendship between Slovenia and Japan. With a short film of a Bunraku collaboration performed last Saturday in Wachi, Kyoto. You will enjoy a performance of Sonorous Theatre presented by Hanna Preuss, a well known composer and director based in Ljubljana Slovenia. Her company are once again in Kyoto at Atelier GEKKEN with SONORIA. Natasha Burger a well known film actress from Prague and Slovenia will perform in a sonorous soundscape of light and image in abstract choreographed movement. A solo performance employing powerful surround sound to tell a story with deep existential meaning but in a very gentle way.

Details:
SONORIA by Hanna Preuss Saturday December 1st & Sunday 2nd, at Atelier Gekken

Saturday from 4pm
Sunday from 2pm
1,500 yen each day

Location: Atelier GEKKEN (アトリエ劇研)
Three blocks east of Shimogamohondori at the intersection with Kitaojidori, on the north side you`ll see the Atelier Gekken building on the left. Here is a map: http://gekken.net/atelier/access.html
Address: 1 Shimogamo Tsukamoto cho Sakyo-ku Kyoto (京都左京区下鴨塚本町1)

Tel: 075-791-1966
Mail: info@gekken.net

Read about SONORIA at
http://gekken.net/atelier/pg628.html

花 Flower – A Dance Performance @ Urbanguild, Friday October 26th

No excuses for missing this Friday’s dance performance at Urbanguild! Not only is the event NON-SMOKING (!) – but this will be the first time for a superb trio of local dancers to perform together. Bridget says,

It will be the debut of us 3 dancers (Bridget Scott, Heidi S. Durning and Rosa Yuki) as a trio.
The performance is called “Hana Flower”, our different interpretations and manifestations.
See how we bloom.

Due to the sensitivity of flowers, there will be no smoking at Urbanguild that night.

Blossoms be with you!

Details:

Heidi S. Durning (dance)
Bridget Scott (dance)
Rosa ゆき (dance)
ryotaro (music)

Doors Open: 18:30 / Show starts: 19:30
Advance tickets: 2000 yen with one drink
On the door: 2300 yen with 1 drink

at UrBANGUILD
From Sanjo Dori go down Kiyamachi Dori. This is the narrow street running alongside Takase stream. Urbanguild is on the east side (left hand side as you walk down from Sanjo). Walk approximately 150 metres. Its on the 3rd floor of the New Kyoto Building – access by elevator or stairs. Here’s a map. Continue reading

Nuit Blanche in Kyoto – Friday October 5th 2012

News from Caroline Téjédor:

Nuit Blanche is an annual art festival held in October every year in Paris. This event provides people the opportunities to enjoy modern arts at night. Nuit Blanche earned a good reputation in the world and has been held in several cities such as Brussels, Montreal and Singapore.

In succession of last year, the City of Kyoto, which is a sister city of Paris, will celebrate this event for the second time. To present a more powerful show, the arena of the festival and the number of participating artist have been greatly expanded. Enjoy the colorful night of Kyoto adorned with performances and concerts by French and Japanese artists.

Most importantly – admission is FREE.

Check the Nuite Blanche Kyoto site for full details of the schedule and locations.