FREE NOH WORKSHOP WITH AKIRA MATSUI
A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE AN INTRODUCTION TO NOH WITH THE MASTER ACTOR AKIRA MATSUI
WED 4 SEPTEMBER
In this practical workshop, Matsui will introduce the chant and movement techniques used in noh theatre, and explore the impact of mask on performance. You will have the opportunity to try out some of the techniques, and receive basic instruction in the training of noh actors.
Free, but limited to twenty places.
Akira Matsui is a master actor-teacher of the Kita School of Japanese classical Noh theatre. In 1998, he was designated an Important Intangible Cultural Asset by the Japanese government. He was born in 1946 in Wakayama, south of Osaka and began studying Noh at the age of seven. He showed such talent that, at age 12, he became a "live-in apprentice" to Kita Minoru, the 15th generation of Noh masters of the Kita School (one of the five guilds of shite main role actors). From his firm foundation in tradition, Matsui has experimented in intercultural fusions. In Kyoto, he has acted in NOHO Theatre Group productions of plays by Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, and Beckett, and has written plays based on Rashomon and Hoichi. Together with American Noh composer-performer Richard Emmert, he has created a series of "English Noh" including St. Francis, At the Hawk’s Well, and Eliza. In addition, he has choreographed Noh-style dances to jazz ballads and to poetry by T.S. Eliot. He has also choreographed, co-directed, and acted in bilingual productions at American colleges and European theatres, utilizing Noh spirit and technique. He received an honorary doctorate from Royal Holloway in 2016.