Phase 3: Performance tour 2020

The 2020 Takasago & Between the Stones Tour is in preparation at present.

The tour will involve collaborating artists from Japan, the USA and the UK.

This unique programme of classical and contemporary noh celebrates the 2020 Japan Season of Culture which coincides with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The performance tour opens with a world premiere performance and will include not only our main performance programme but also major presentations by Hideta Kitazawa, master noh mask maker from Tokyo. 

Full details of the programme will follow soon.  

Takasago, written by Zeami, is one of the most important and well-known plays in the classical noh repertoire. It deals with the legend of the twin pines of Sumiyoshi and Takasago. According to legend, the spirit of the Sumiyoshi pine travels across Osaka Bay nightly to visit his wife, the Takasago pine, in a bond that transcends space and time. Takasago will be performed as han-noh, literally a “half noh”, featuring the very quick and strong second half of the play.

The world premiere of the new contemporary English-language noh, Between the Stones will be performed by Kinue Oshima in the lead actor role.

Performing both classical and contemporary noh in the same programme allows the audience to gain some experience of similarities and differences between classical noh (sung in classical Japanese) and contemporary noh (sung in contemporary English) both will be using traditional noh techniques. 

If you would like to help sponsor the performance tour we would be very pleased to hear from you. Feel free to contact us. 


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Noh mask created by Hideta Kitazawa. Photography by Sohta Kitazawa