Sweeping downward from the hills behind
Bitter cold clutches bare fields by the waterside
Our boats huddled, never in safety, whether night or day
- - From the noh play Atsumori by Zeami Motokiyo, ca. 1430 quote translated by: David Crandall
Bring the ghost of Atsumori back to life!
We’ll be presenting the noh play Atsumori in Bloomsburg Town Park, Bloomsburg PA, this August. Please support us in raising $5,300 to underwrite the cost of our artists and production expenses.
Atsumori was a 12th century Japanese warrior killed at the tender age of 16 in a desperate battle at Ichi-no-Tani. A consummate musician better suited to the chambers of the imperial court than the battlefield, he was a member of the ill-fated Heike clan, who were ultimately destroyed by the Minamoto clan after a brief period in power. We’ll be telling his tale through the traditional stage art of noh, one of the oldest continuously performed theater arts that combines poetry, music, dance, rich brocaded costumes, and carved masks.
Members of Theatre Nohgaku join the 18th annual Noh Training Project (NTP) in performing this honored classic of Japanese theatre. The Noh Training Project (a Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Education program) offers the only US based intensive training in the dance, chant, music and performance history of noh.
Noh, as practiced in Japan is traditionally a "male only" craft. Only in recent years have women been able to participate at a professional level. Both the Noh Training Project and Theatre Nohgaku create opportunities for women and men together to train and perform as musicians, chorus members and lead actors. Our performances this summer will feature an alternating cast of female lead actors with male chorus, and male lead actors with female chorus. Providing these opportunities is an important goal for this project.
Recognizing that the study of noh is a lifetime pursuit, many members of Theatre Nohgaku are long-time participants, senior students, and faculty at NTP. We take pleasure in joining with them to support the training they offer and to continue to bring the art of noh to the community.
Actors and chorus members are already memorizing their parts, and musicians are practicing their flutes and drums:
The performance will feature the talents of: Jubilith Moore, Tom O’Connor, Morit Gaifman, David A. Surtasky, Maya Gingery, Lluis Valls, Siiri Scott, Kevin Salfen, Gulshirin Dubash, Greg Giovanni, Naoko Maeshiba, Gary Mathews, Akira Matsui, Kinue Oshima, John Oglevee, Elizabeth Dowd, Joyce S. Lim, Jubiltih Moore, Colleen Lanki, Michael Gardiner, Mariko Anno, Matthew Dubroff, James Ferner, David Crandall, Richard Emmert and others.
A fully realized production with traditional masks and costumes mentored by noh performers Akira Matusi and Kinue Oshima and directed by Richard Emmert, will be held free to the public on the banks of the northern branch of the Susquehana River in rural Pennsylvania on August 3 & 4, 2012. Our contributors will help to make this project possible.
Keeping this classical tradition alive is our passion. Our target for this campaign is only a small portion of the total budget. Your generosity tells us there is a loyal audience for noh theatre. With your support we can make this project a success, both artistically and financially. We’re offering a list of rewards that can only partially thank you for our sincere gratitude. Help us gather together this group of dedicated and skilled performers who will again bring the ghost of Atsumori back to life.
Theatre Nohgaku is a 501(c)3 organization, and any donations are tax-deductible.
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