Following the highly successful 2016 edition, Noh Reimagined returned to Kings Place with an exciting new theme and line-up. The two-day festival explored the art of Noh, the iconic theatrical tradition that originated in fourteenth-century Japan. This edition shed light on the unique dramaturgy of Mugen (‘phantasmal’) Noh, in which the main actor (shite) appears as a ghost in the dream of a travelling monk performed by the supporting actor (waki). The ghost then tells the tragic story of its past life, expressing deep regret and lamentations, hoping to find peace.
- Fri 29 June – Sublime Illusions Programme
- Fri 30 June – Transformative Power of Noh Programme
- “Into the Dream Time” : Interview with Akiko Yanagisawa, Kings Place What’s On magazine, January 2018
Top Noh performers from Japan worked with innovative British artists and neuroscientists in genre-defying collaborations to examine the surreal artistic elements of Noh. The festival explored time, space and symbolism in Noh theatre through interdisciplinary performances, workshops and talks.
Noh Reimagined 2018 connected the sublime illusions and transformative power of Noh’s 650-year-old tradition with the creative energy of contemporary arts and culture, posing new questions about who we are.
Noh Reimagined 2018, Madrid
Performances by leading Noh performers also took place at Teatro Salón Cervantes Escenarios Clásicos en Alcalá, Madrid, Spain on Wednesday 4th July 2018.
- 4 July – Teatro Noh: Izutsu, Shakkyo y Otras Piezas Programme (Spanish)
- Noh Reimagined Madrid listing information (Spanish)
Festival Organisers and Partners
Curated and produced by mu:arts and International Noh Project Committee, Tokyo in partnership with Kings Place, Japan Foundation and the Noh Theatre Research Institute, Hosei University.
Sponsored and supported by
Arts Council England, Arts Council Tokyo, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and Yakult.