Study of the noh theater
Noh is the traditional Japanese theatre composed mainly of utai – song, shimai – dance and hayashi – percussion and flute. Toshi began studying utai and shimai in 1989 in Tokyo with the master Osamu Kobayakawa of the Tessenkai Kanze School. In 2008 the Shoyoukai group of the Kita School began its study in Brazil, focusing on utai and shimai. Each semester a new play dealing with the current season has been introduced and a short presentation has been held.
In 2013 the studies were broadened to encompass hayashi and shozoku – costumes and scenic spaces, thus enabling ever more elaborate presentations – Imin noh – gathering of the four noh school groups of Brazil, sponsored by ABN, Associação Brasileira de Nôgaku – Nohgaku Brazilian Association, Japan Foundation and Fomento à Dança – a city financial support for contemporary dance.
The studies deal with the basic noh movements through do-ho, encompassing the utai, shimai and hayashi of the selected plays. They also deal with shozoku: the proper way of dressing the costume composed of kimono, hakama and obi, the way to fold up and store each piece of cloth, how to choose the right costume from the Fu Bu Myo In group collection and how to make whatever is necessary, such as masks and wigs. As to scenic space, studies were carried out for the creation and production of kagami ita – background panel and maked omaku – curtain for the entrance and exit of characters. Lastly, materials for publicizing were researched – flyers and performance programs – for each presentation.
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