Noh Reimagined 2018
Sublime Illusions: The Transformative Power of Noh
Following the highly successful Noh Reimagined festival in 2016, it is returning with an exciting new line-up and theme. Noh Reimagined 2018 will shed light on the unique dramaturgy of this 650-year-old artform, focusing on Mugen (‘phantasmal’) Noh, in which the main actor (shite) appears as a ghost in the dream of a monk, performed by the supporting actor (waki).
Six renowned Noh performers from Japan will be joined by innovative artists, leading neuroscientists and Noh researchers to explore these surreal elements of Noh, along with its use of time, space and symbolism, through interdisciplinary performances, talks, demonstrations and workshops.
Noh Reimagined 2016
“Noh Reimagined – The contemporary art of Japanese classical theatre” is a project and festival aiming to communicate the essence of classical Noh and explore how its distinctive aesthetic and musical textures have become valuable resources for the contemporary visual, musical and theatrical arts.
In collaboration with Kings Place, London, Akiko Yanagisawa of mu: arts presented some of the foremost Noh performers from Japan to the UK. These performers, all of whom are recognised as intangible cultural assets by the Japanese Government, were joined by innovative British artists at the cutting edge of the UK’s vibrant interdisciplinary arts scene.
Noh originated in the 14th century and has been performed continuously since, making it among the oldest unbroken performance traditions in the world. Noh’s aesthetic concepts, unique musical rhythms and tempos influenced many Western artists in the 20th century, including Benjamin Britten. This two-day festival explores the art of Noh, which continues to inspire many practitioners across diverse art forms.