Noh is a comprehensive performing art that incorporates drama, dance, music, literature, and art. This performance highlights hayashi, the music of Noh, and introduces its distinctive musicality.
The program interweaves the light, up-tempo “Hayabue,” the lively “Shishi,” and other pieces that even adults can fully appreciate. The “Sanbanzo,” which has a steady, repetitive rhythm, will be performed together with the children from the workshop.
The Hayashidou performance is an instrument-only performance that highlights the musicality of Noh.
1. Opening greeting & the history of Noh: Noh begins and ends with greetings. After the formal greeting, the history of Noh will be simply explained.
2. Instruments: Each instrument will be explained.
3. “Hayabue”: This powerful music accompanies the entrance of dragon deities.
4. Kakegoe: Learn about kakegoe (calls), a feature of Noh music. Experience kakegoe and how the pauses alter the performance.
5. Noh musical expression: Explanation of the methods of expression used in Noh music. Experience the superlative technique of nagashi by clapping in time.
6. “Sanbanzo” (joint performance): “Sanbanzo” will be performed together with about 18 children selected from the workshop. The other children will clap in time.
7. “Kagura”: Goddess Ame no Uzume no Mikoto danced to this music in front of the cave where goddess Amaterasu Omikami was hiding. A high level of competence is required to perform this rhythmical, lively piece, and the sudden changes in speed excite audiences.
8. “Shishi”: Stillness and motion, this dynamic, exuberant piece is the Hayashidou theme song. Experience the essence of Noh music.
9. Questions & comments: Members of the audience have the opportunity to ask anything they want, be it something they do not understand or they are curious about.
10. Closing greeting: The workshop closes with a formal greeting.