Gigei Seizui Esprit of Aichi Performing Arts

Noh

日本語

We present the soulful sounds of tradition and innovation in a non-audience performance of "Gigei Seizui Esprit of Aichi Performing Arts" held at the mini theater (black box theater) of the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater.
Performances in two forms – "classical" and "challenge for the new era" – are featured in a 30-minute video, touching on the history, the production process, and reflections on the performances.
You can also view the two performances in their entirety.

Gigei Seizui Esprit of Aichi Performing Arts "Noh"

Noh Play Hagoromo (Celestial Feather Robe)

Hagoromo, based on the popular folklore, Legend of Hagoromo, is filled with the traditional charm of Noh.

New Noh Masu (Trout)

Masu is Kan-oh Hisada’s new Noh play, featuring fishermen and trout at a mountain stream, collaborating with Schubert’s composition “Trout” performed by a string quintet accompanied by a vocalist.

Kanze Schoolof Noh

About the Kanze School of Noh

The Kanze School was one of the Sarugaku performing arts that was active in Yamato (old name for Nara Prefecture) during the Nanboku-cho period (1336-1392). The school belonged to the Yuzaki troupe, and Kan-ami who served as the tayu (leading actor in the troupe) was the first generation. Father and son – Kan-ami and Zeami – refined the performing art and gave it depth. The school was characterized by graceful, delicate expressions.

The Performers

Kan-oh Hisada
Shitekata (Lead Role) of Kanze School of Noh

Kan-oh Hisada was born as the second son of Hideo Hisada (designated as the general holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property), a Noh performer of the Kanze School of Shitekata. He performed in his first play at the age of four and has appeared on numerous stages as a child actor, devoting himself to Noh from early on. After becoming independent, he performed mainly in the Chubu and Kansai regions while presiding over the Hisada Kanshokai in which he trains a large number of younger generations. He was chosen as an Important Intangible Cultural Property (general designation) in 1991 and received the FY 2018 Aichi Prefecture Educational Award and the FY 2019 Agency for Cultural Affairs Person of Cultural Merit Award.

Kan-oh Hisada
Kanze School of Noh Website

Noh Play Hagoromo Performers

Shite (lead role) Celestial Maiden
Mitsuko Hisada
Waki (supporting cast) Hakuryo, a fisherman
Tadasuke Iitomi
Hayashi (musical accompaniment) Fue (flute)
Jiro Fujita
Hayashi (musical accompaniment) Kotsuzumi (shoulder drum)
Shunichiro Hisada
Hayashi (musical accompaniment) Otsuzumi (hip drum)
Shinnosuke Kawamura
Hayashi (musical accompaniment) Taiko (stick drum)
Hiroki Kato
Koken (stage hands)
Yoshitaka Yamada
Koken (stage hands)
Yoko Seto
Jiutai (chorus)
Kan-oh Hisada
Jiutai (chorus)
Yoshinaga Shimokawa
Jiutai (chorus)
Akira Yoshizawa
Jiutai (chorus)
Hiroki Ito

New Noh Masu Performers

Author
Kan-oh Hisada
Yamame (landlocked trout) spirit
Mitsuko Hisada
Fisherman A
Kan-oh Hisada
Fisherman B
Yoshitaka Yamada
Raijin (god of thunder)
Akira Yoshizawa
Fujin (god of wind)
Hiroki Ito
Trout family – Nijimasu (rainbow trout)
Yoko Seto
Trout family – Iwana (char)
Norika Umewaka
Hayashi (musical accompaniment) Fue (flute)
Jiro Fujita
Hayashi (musical accompaniment) Kotsuzumi (shoulder drum)
Shunichiro Hisada
Hayashi (musical accompaniment) Otsuzumi (hip drum)
Shinnosuke Kawamura
Hayashi (musical accompaniment) Taiko (stick drum)
Hiroki Kato
Jiutai (chorus)
Yoshinaga Shimokawa and more
Tenor
Koya Uenobo
Violin
Asaka Hama
Viola
Akemi Kakimoto
Cello
Yuri Shichiku
Contrabass
Kozue Aoyama
Piano
Yuta Nishioka
Music supervisor
Daiko Fujikawa

Narrator: Kirk Nishikawa