A great opportunity to be introduced to Noh Theater as part of a tour at Umewaka Nohgaku-do, and those who attend will get an opportunity to experience dancing and chanting.
Led by certified Kanze-ryu shihan (instructor) Yoko Layer, these workshops will introduce participants to the History and conceptual aspects of Nohgaku by inviting them to explore Nohgaku’s stylized chants and movement in a traditional setting.
Participants will also be introduced to the spiritual roots of Nohgaku that has strong connections with the Shinto-ism that is deeply rooted in the Japanese people and traditions.
Understanding this connection is similar to understanding the importance of Shakespeare to Western culture.
Let’s feel and experience the aesthetic world of Noh together!!
You will have the chance to stand on the sacred Noh main stage, and dance while using the stylized chant in the Noh rehearsal space.
The private workshop
I can do private workshop for you or your group. Please ask me when you want to come.
Items to Bring for the attendees of the lecture: Japanese socks (tabi) or white socks.
I love you ! You are so beautiful and so handsome :PI can feel your passion for Noh and for us.I still remember you said : I hope you can be interested in your own country’s local culture by Noh. So MEANINGFUL word!I even didn’t know Noh and Noh is from China. Thank you for the memorable experience.
Hello Mrs Yoko,
Good evening ~
As I back to home still memorised the song of Noh with you and everyone, the Noh stories from you also impressed me a lot and I started interested in Noh more~ anyway, quite happy for the experience! Many thanks for your sharing!!!
This is the best way for me to say bye before leaving Japan, hope we will meet again in the future.
with many love
Dear Yoko san: again thank you very much for this very inspiring morning. And unless the long tradition of the Noh theatre and all its rules and its strict ceremonies, I recognise so much about was is essential in theatre; well I should say so much in my quest for other ways of making theatre. Or maybe i should say thanks to its rules and its strict ceremonies which don’t tolerate mediocracy, or the banal … Thanks again
Today before rehearsing I had one of the greatest experiences in my life. Mrs.N.H invited me for a visit behind the screens of the Umewaka Nohgaku-do Gakuin Kaikan. We got guided by actress Yoko Layer. And of course I was thrilled .by wearing a costume, learning the use of the voice, learning how to walk, to move, how to wear the mask, etc.. Thrilled and full of respect. Just the way of moving asks for years of heavy mental and physical training. Most of all I was hig…hly fascinated by the talks I had with Yoko Layer. For instance why she made the change from the ‘normal’ theatre to the Noh-theatre. It was a personal story and I recognized so much…. It was striking to find answers to some of my personal professional questions within this old tradition. We also talked about Zeami and how his ideas are really very modern and very useful for todays actors. I found answers and I heard very recognisable considerations. Thank you Mrs.N.H san, thank you Mrs. Layer for this great and impressive morning. Arigato.
Dear Yoko Layer,
Thank you so much for workshop. Honored to have been given access to the stage. World definitely want to talk more, too. Anyway, we are now in contact with each other.
I just wanted to say THANK YOU! again for your terrific Noh workshop. What a thrill to spend a few hours as your student and actually set foot on a Noh stage, something I never imagined possible. You are a truly wonderful, talented teacher and I hope that many other visitors will find your workshops and enjoy a day of learning about Noh. Thank you, too, for giving me information about upcoming Noh performances—I hope to attend one or more during my time in Japan. I will be sure to spread the word about your workshops, and let anyone I meet who is interested in Noh know about them.