Kashu-Juku Noh Theater

March 24, 2011
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In conjunction with Carnegie Hall’s JapanNYC festival

Encounter the theater form developed and preserved since the 14th century! Kyoto-based Kashu-juku Noh Theater, led by Katayama Shingo of the prestigious Katayama noh family, is joined by kyogen actors from the Shigeyama family in providing this rare opportunity for American audiences to experience the 600-year-old tradition of noh and kyogen performed back-to-back.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

The program includes:

MAI-BAYASHI: Literally meaning "dance & music," a mai-bayashi is a solo dance depicting the climax of a famous noh play. This program features the ferocious battle scene from Yashima.

KYOGEN: Boshibari (Tied to a Pole)
Tied up by their master, two servants are thwarted in drinking his sake. How will the two rascals get a hold of their beloved beverage again?

NOH: Aoi no Ue (Lady Aoi) In this famous adaptation of a story from the classic novel The Tale of Genji, the jealous Lady Rokujo–who had sent a spirit to possess Genji’s wife, Aoi–is confronted in combat by a Buddhist monk intent on saving her soul.

A Pre-performance Lecture will be held one hour before all show times, free to ticket holders.

Click here for more information about the Pre-performance Lecture, intermission treats, and Post-performance surprises.


$65 / $55 Japan Society members


$90 / $75 Japan Society members,
Includes prime seating and private reception with cast members. Limited availability.

This event is SOLD OUT.

A waitlist will begin each evening at the box office at 6:30 PM.

Noh Workshop:  Movement & Musical Instruments
Immerse yourself in the centuries-old practice of noh training. Company members of Kashu-juku Noh Theater lead exercises in traditional noh movement and introduce the traditional noh instruments kotsuzumi (small hand-drum) and fue (flute). Bring a pair of socks. Max 24 people.

The North American tour of Kashu-juku Noh Theater is organized and produced by Japan Society, and supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan. The New York performance is supported by The Japan Foundation, the City of Kyoto and KYOTO TOKYU HOTEL. The regional tour of Kashu-juku Theater is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Additional support is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II.

Special thanks to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kyoto City for calligraphy demonstration and Takara Shuzo., Ltd.

  • Thursday, March 24, 2011
  • 7:30 pm