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Noh Reimagined 2020 – Spirits of Flowers

Noh Reimagined: Spirits of Flowers explores how humans exist within – and as part of – the natural environment. As we adjust to a changing climate, we look to Japan, where people have worshipped nature since ancient times. Noh theatre has deep links to this culture and the kami (deity spirits) that are revered in Japan. These spirits of flowers and plants appear in many Noh stories, interacting with human beings and offering an image of how we might relate to the natural world.

As part of this year’s exciting programme, outstanding Japanese Noh performers will present classical masterpieces handed down for centuries, while innovative British artists will explore what we can learn from this 650-year-old tradition.

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Produced and curated by Akiko Yanagisawa (Mu:Arts) and the International Noh Project Committee.

Noh Reimagined 2020 is part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020 and Beyond 2020 programme.

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SAVE 10% when you book 2+ Noh Reimagined events
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SAVE 15% when you book 3+ Noh Reimagined events
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SAVE 20% when you book 4+ Noh Reimagined events
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Minoru IV Gensho Umewaka Talks on Noh

Free / Noh Reimagined

Minoru IV Gensho Umewaka – Living National Treasure and 56th head of the renowned Umewaka family – is one of the greatest and most daring representatives of Noh theatre alive today.

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Saigyo-Zakura

Classical / Nature Unwrapped

Our classical programme includes highlights from Noh playwright Zeami’s masterpiece Saigyo-Zakura (Saigyo’s Cherry Tree) as performed by Minoru IV Gensho Umewaka.

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Song of the Birds

Contemporary / Nature Unwrapped

Hear the songs of birds reimagined afresh in a cross-cultural collaboration between British recorder virtuoso Piers Adams, leader of the celebrated baroque quartet Red Priest, and Japanese Nohkan flute maestro Yukihiro Isso. Together they explore

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Noh Movement Workshop

Learning / Noh Reimagined

In this workshop, two shite actors offer a hands-on chance to learn the basic movement patterns of Noh, including use of physical space and breath control.

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Sumida River in Sign Language

Classical / Nature Unwrapped

Sumida River in Sign Language brings the natural and human worlds together in a drama of physical gesture and facial expression.

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Seminar: Understanding Noh

Learning / Noh Reimagined

This seminar by Professor Andrew Gerstle of SOAS, an eminent scholar specialising in Japanese traditional theatre, offers tips on how to appreciate Noh, as well as answering any questions you might have.

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Cerith Wyn Evans: Noh (A-Drift)

Contemporary / Nature Unwrapped

Cerith Wyn Evans draws on his deep knowledge and love of Noh theatre to create a new film piece, as well as collaborating with Noh musicians to produce a live performance.

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Pre-Concert Talk: Eleanor Perry & Daniel Hay-Gordon

Free / Noh Reimagined

Dancer-actors Eleanor Perry and Daniel Hay-Gordon of Thick & Tight discuss the creative process behind their new piece, inspired by the Kyogen tradition.

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Kakitsubata (Water Iris)/Hengenka

Contemporary / Nature Unwrapped

Two much-loved classical masterpieces, a contemporary interpretation of Noh by dance duo Thick & Tight, plus the UK premiere of a work composed by Yukihiro Isso, which celebrates the awe-inspiring power of nature.

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