“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.