The Dance of Noh

The Dance of Noh - 能の舞の実演 - 能「敦盛」

Noh “Atsumori” Synopsis

In February 1184, during the Genpei War, the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani occurs. The Taira clan, caught off guard by Minamoto no Yoshitsune’s surprise attack known as the “Hiyodori-goe Sakaotoshi,” suffers a devastating defeat.

Atsumori, a 16-year-old warrior of the Taira clan, meets his end at the hands of Kumagai Jiro Naozane, the lord of Saitama’s Kumagai.

You will see the climax of “Atsumori,” a masterpiece by Zeami, depicting the brave fight of Atsumori.

Performed as a solo act, the battle is recreated on stage.

This famous Noh play, also featured in junior high school textbooks, is presented for your viewing.

“Shimai” in Noh

Shimai is the performance of the central “dance” part of a Noh play, presented in about a 5-minute digest. Normally, it is performed in a Montsuki (formal kimono with family crest) and Hakama (pleated skirt-like trousers), without wearing a Noh mask or costume.

Invitation to Tradition

In the world of Noh, ancient Japanese traditions and beauty live on. Each story is vividly expressed through elegant movements on stage and traditional music. These Noh performances offer a deep understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture. At Yarai Noh Theater, you can experience the charm of Noh and Shimai dances up close. Come and explore the world of traditional performing arts.

The Dance of Noh - 矢来能楽堂外観

委託:令和5年度日本博 2.0 事業(委託型)