Noh is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed for more than 650 years. This presentation discusses the distinctive features of body and movement while introducing the role of masks and costumes in Noh theatre. A short dance and chanting will be performed.
Michikazu Taneda is the fourth generation of the Taneda family to serve as a shokubun, the title given to the highest level of professional Noh performers in the Kongoh School of Noh. He received the Best Young Artist Award from the city of Kyoto in 1993 and he was also certified as an Important Intangible Cultural Heritage in 1998. He has lectured on Noh at the Urasenke Gakuen since 1981. Master Taneda actively promotes Noh to elementary school students by providing trial lessons and through other activities. He is also Director of the Nohgaku Performers’ Association, Vice Director of the Kongoh School of Noh, Urasenke Chado (tea ceremony master name: Sōdō) and the Chair for Noh Performance of the Taneda Supporters’ Association.
The Agency for Japanese Cultural Affairs has designated Master Taneda Japan Cultural Envoy for 2017-2018. His visit to Pomona College is made possible by the Japan Foundation.
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