Theatre Nohgaku

About Theatre Nohgaku

Theatre Nohgaku was born of our shared passion for the classical noh drama of Japan and our belief in its contemporary vitality for Western audiences. It was founded by Richard Emmert, director of the Noh Training Project based in Tokyo and Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and a group of English speaking performers trained in the demanding techniques of noh. In addition to these core members a number of master Japanese noh actors and musicians have been invited to work with us on specific projects. This allows the company to present fully realized noh performances—something rarely seen outside Japan.

Noh is one of the oldest continuing stage arts. It combines highly stylized dance, chant, music, mask and costumes together with intense inner concentration and physical discipline in order to create a uniquely powerful theatrical experience.

Our mission is to share noh’s beauty and power with English speaking audiences and performers. We have found that this traditional form retains its dramatic effectiveness in languages other than Japanese. We believe noh techniques hold a powerful means of expression in the context of contemporary English language theatre.

To carry out this mission, we:

Create and perform English language noh, both new works and traditional noh in translation, and occasionally perform traditional noh in Japanese or a combination of Japanese and English.

Promote understanding of the art of noh and provide training in its techniques through lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and residencies.

Provide opportunities for Japanese noh masters to perform and teach with Theatre Nohgaku.

Exploring possibilities for performance across cultural and language boundaries, we seek to create a theatre for the twenty-first century, opening vital new channels for contemporary expression.

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Belmont, MI

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