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Noh Reimagined 2024: Sumidagawa and Kinuta – Classics of Noh Tragedy 

Noh Reimagined festival returns in June celebrating two masterpieces of traditional Japanese theatre, Sumidagawa and Kinuta. Curated and produced by Akiko Yanagisawa (Mu Arts) in partnership with Kings Place, the biannual festival unwraps the art of Noh, the iconic theatre tradition that originated in fourteenth-century Japan, and offers a creative platform for genre-defying, cross-cultural collaborations, connecting tradition with contemporary life and culture.

Sumidagawa by Kanze Motomasa (c. 1394-1432) is one of the most renowned Noh plays and has inspired countless artists over the years, including Benjamin Britten for his opera Curlew River. This performance at Kings Place is one of only two in the UK and the only performance in London, with the other taking place at this year’s Aldeburgh Festival. It also features a newly written English re-telling of the story by Xanthe Gresham Knight. Kinuta is believed to be the last and greatest work by Zeami Motokiyo (c.1363 – c.1443), who established Noh of the current style almost 600 years ago.

Starring some of the most esteemed Noh performers from Japan, including Mikata Shizuka as the mother in Sumidagawa and the wife in Kinuta, Noh Reimagined 2024 offers a unique opportunity to experience the enduring power of classical drama alongside workshops, talks and more.

What is Noh? Learn the basics here.
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Photo gallery on Noh Reimagined website.

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Opening Talk: 'Sumidagawa'

Contemporary / Noh Reimagined

Ahead of the evening’s main event, a performance of ‘Sumidagwa’ in Hall One, join us for a discussion about the play between Noh performer Kohei Kawaguchi and Jason James, Director General of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation/

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Noh: ‘Sumidagawa’ and ‘A Tale of the Sumida River’

Contemporary / Noh Reimagined

For our first headline event of Noh Reimagined 2024, Mu Arts and Kings Place are proud to present a rare performance of ‘Sumidagawa’, one of Noh Theatre’s greatest masterpieces. British storyteller Xanthe Gresham-Knight's ‘A Tale of the Sumida River’, adapted from ‘Sumidagawa’, will precede the Noh performance, offering an introduction to the play’s timeless narrative of love, loss, and the river that carries us all.

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Meet the Noh Performers

Contemporary / Noh Reimagined

Experience a memorable evening as you meet 9 Noh performers! This is a chance to have direct conversations with the esteemed performers from Japan and discuss their unforgettable performance of the Noh play ‘Sumidagawa’, right after the presentation in Hall One, over drinks and snacks.

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Workshop: Introduction to Noh Movement

Contemporary / Noh Reimagined

Join us in this workshop where you will discover the essence of movement and self-expression of Noh, an artform with a legacy spanning 650 years.

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Workshop: Noh Movement Creative Session

Contemporary / Noh Reimagined

Led by Kohei Kawaguchi, and Gasho Yamanaka, the shite actors of the Kanze School, join us for a Noh Movement Creative Sessions that is open to everyone, but most suitable for actors, choreographers and dancers.

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Workshop: Noh Music

Contemporary / Noh Reimagined

Join us for a unique opportunity to experience demonstrations and participate in a hands-on workshop led by renowned Noh musicians.

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Noh: ‘Kinuta’

Contemporary / Noh Reimagined

For the closing event of Noh Reimagined 2024, we present a performance of Zeami Motokiyo’s final and greatest play.

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