Performance Information

Kyogen Theatre Vol. 7

12/01 Thu 2011 ‐ 12/08 Thu 2011
Setagaya Public Theatre
Available from
10/23 Sun 2011 ‐
Friends of SePT members 10/15 Sat 2011 ‐
SETAGAYA Arts Card membership10/22 Sat 2011 ‐

画像/Photo=Yasuhide kuge/ Design=Tatsuya Ariyama

Kyogen as Performing Arts
The seventh edition of “Kyogen Theatre” that explores the possibility of kyogen as a genre of performing arts with contemporary responsiveness is held in December at Setagaya Public Theatre.
“Mai (dance)” and “katari (narrative)” are the bases of kyogen.
The A program focuses on mai and features komai (short mai) pieces, a classical kyogen play Boshibari, and a solo mai by Mansai Nomura with his new creation of Boléro, which is the materialization of his long-term conception.
The B program features the humorous Koji, one of the best narrative performance by Mansaku Nomura Nasu no Yoichi no Katari, and Gojo Shusse in which the kyogen actor Tomohiko Sato and Matasaburo Nomura, shakuhachi player Dozan Fujiwara, and musical direction and Hayashi (musical accompaniment) by Denjiro Tanaka raise the question the writer Atsushi Nakajima asked, “What is the self?” which resonates and inspires us.
“Kyogen Theatre Vol. 7” connects the “classic – modern – contemporary” of Japanese performing arts and crystallizes the ideas and technics of kyogen.

A Program: “Mai” 
Komai: Akatsuki, Nanatsugo, Funa

In these komai pieces, kyogen actors’ highly trained bodies depict sceneries through shosa (dance / gesture) such as the movements of the feet or the postures of the torso. Akatsuki and Nanatsugo are the mai that Taro Kaja and Jiro Kaja dance with their hands tied in the kyogen play Boshibari. Funa expresses how the spirit of funa (crucian), which appears in a rare kyogen play Kanjin Hijiri, leaps and dances.

The master ties up the hands of Taro Kaja and Jiro Kaja not to let them steal sake, but they struggle and improvise, and finally they manage to drink and feel very good. They dance mai with their hands still tied up, which expresses playful sense of freedom. It is one of the most acknowledged kyogen plays and has been performed overseas many times.

Ravel’s Boléro has become globally popular beyond the framework of ballet. The repetition of identical melodies gradually leads the audience to the highest excitement. Mansai Nomura’s new choreography and solo performance challenges the boundless universe of the music combining it with Sanbaso, the essence of Japanese traditional performing arts.

B Program: “Katari”

Taro Kaja eats three tangerines on a branch that were supposed to be a precious souvenir for the master. The master asks him to bring the tangerines, and Taro Kaja tries to excuse and justify himself. His explanation escalates, and he even makes reference to the classic Heike Monogatari (The Tale of the Heike). The humor and warmth found in his attitude is unique to kyogen.

Nasu no Yoichi no Katari
It is a specially directed version of the aikyogen (kyogen as a part of a noh play) for a noh play Yashima. The famous episode of Nasu no Yoichi, who shot an arrow at a fan in the Yashima battle in Heike Monogatari, is told with spirited gestures. It is considered to be one of the most important performances, which requires the essential kyogen technics to describe the situation and to serenely play the roles of three characters: the highest achievement of the art of “katari.”

Gojo Shusse
A kyogen play written by Atsushi Nakajima, who explored the theme of the self referring to the Chinese classic Journey to the West and died an untimely death. The monster Friar Sand illogically thinks and asks “Why?” about everything. He travels asking the question “What is the self?” visiting wise monsters who live on the bed of the Flowing Sands River. What is the spiritual awakening that he discovers at the end of the journey? The story written with a clear style is told in a dignified and sometimes lighthearted manner.

*Performed in Japanese

[Shakuhachi]Dozan Fujiwara(Gojo Shusse)
[Sakucho (musical direction)&Hayashi (musical accompaniment)]Denjiro Tanaka(Gojo Shusse)
[Stage Design]Rumi Matsui
[Lighting]Jun Ogasawara

[Performed by] Mansaku Nomura/Mansai Nomura/Yukio Ishida/Koji Fukada/Kazunori Takano/Haruo Tsukizaki/Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company

Tomohiko Sato/Matasaburo Nomura (Appearance only in Gojo Shusse)

*The casting is subject to change.


12 2011

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
★=Exclusive performance for SePT Club members.
■=Earphone guidance for visually impaired persons available (free of charge).
*No admission for preschool children. Latecomers might not be able to take the reserved seats.
We might not be able to guide latecomers to their reserved seats.

Price(tax included)

all seats reserved
S¥7,000 / A¥5,000

Half price for high school students and younger (available only at the ticket center of Setagaya Public Theatre or by telephone reservation, ID required)

Half price for U24 members (registration in advance at the ticket center of Setagaya Public Theatre and ID required, only online, availability limited)

Friends of SePT members S¥6,500

SETAGAYA Arts Card membership S¥6,700

Advance Ticket

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Audience Support

Wheel chair spaces

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Both Theatres have wheel chair spaces.


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Creche service

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[Produced by]
Setagaya Public Theatre, Setagaya Arts Foundation
Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company/Sankyo-kai/Nakajima Atsushi-no-kai
[Supported by ]
Toyota Motor Corporation / Bloomberg
Tokyu Corporation / Tokyu Hotels / Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu
[ Sponsored by ]
City of Setagaya
[Supported by ]
The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2011