Theatre Nohgaku in residence at BU

  • 25 Mar 2016
  • 12:00 PM
  • 31 Mar 2016
  • Boston University, Tsai Performance Center – 685 Commonwealth Ave.


Theatre Nohgaku – March 25-31, 2016

The BU Arts Initiative-Office of the Provost, the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, the Center for the Study of Asia, and the CAS Department of English will host a five-day residency with Theatre Nohgaku.


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Theatre Nohgaku is an international performance group devoted to sharing the beauty and power of the classical Japanese noh drama with English speaking audiences and performers. Noh, one of the oldest continuing stage arts, combines highly stylized dance, chant, music, mask, and costume with intense inner concentration and physical discipline. Theater Nohgaku performs traditional noh in Japanese and English translation and creates original works that combine noh’s performance techniques and modes of expression with twenty-first century concerns.

Schedule of Events
(All events listed below are free of charge)

Friday, March 25th
Noh Music Performance/Discussion: 12 – 1 p.m. / Studio 167 -College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Ave. 
Hosted by Marié Abe, Assistant Professor – Musicology, Ethnomusicology

Noh Movement Workshop: 4 – 6 p.m. / Studio 109 – College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Ave.
(Space Limited – RSVP will open to the public in February if space is available)
Hosted by Tamala Bakkensen, Lecturer – Movement

Saturday, March 26th
Lecture and Demonstration of Noh and Kyogen Performance Styles: 2 – 3:30 p.m. / Concert Hall – College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Ave. 

Monday, March 28th
Playwriting Workshop – Noh Style: 7 – 9 p.m. / Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave.
Hosted by Jacob Strautmann, Lecturer & Kate Snodgrass, Professor of Practice

Wednesday, March 30th
Performance – Sumida River and Zahdi Dates and Poppies – with post performance panel discussion on Trauma & the Arts: 6:30 p.m. / Tsai Performance Center – 685 Commonwealth Ave. 
Panelists include:
Emily Burkes-Nossiter, MA – Drama therapist & psychotherapist
Jamie Gradus, DSc, MPH – Epidemiologist, Women’s Health Sciences Division, National Center for PTSD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Boston University School of Public Health.
Kenneth Harris – Recruiting Operations Officer, Military Science Department – BU Army ROTC
Terence M. Keane, Ph.D. – Dir. Behavioral Science Division – National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Professor of Psychiatry & Psychology and Assistant Dean for Research – BU School of Medicine
Moderated by Carrie Preston, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, English Department – BU College of Arts & Sciences

Thursday, March 31st
Performance (High School)  Zahdi Dates and Poppies: 10 a.m. / Tsai Performance Center – 685 Commonwealth Ave. / SOLD OUT

Performance – Sumida River and Zahdi Dates and Poppies: 7 p.m. / Tsai Performance Center – 685 Commonwealth Ave. 

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