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Treasured Noh Plays from the Desk of W. B. Yeats

  • Organization : Roppeita ⅩⅣ Commemorative Foundation
  • Section : International project
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


The Noh performance by Kita School (Roppeita XIV Commemorative Foundation) at Japan Society in New York as a related program of the fall exhibition of Japan Society Gallery, “Simon Starling: At Twilight (After W.B. Yeats’ Noh Reincarnation)”.
When a dance drama entitled “At the Hawk’s Well” by great Irish literary figure, W.B. Yeats , was premiered in London in 1916, it marked the birth of Noh play, which represents the Japanese culture by integrating literature and theatrical art, in the Western context. 100 years after the premiere, the American audiences encounter the programs of classical Noh play, of which translated scripts were read by Yeats. Two days of Noh performances, talk sessions and workshops offer an overview of the historical contact and relation between the Japanese tradition and the West.


【Roppeita ⅩⅣ Commemorative Foundation】
Roppeita XIV Commemorative Foundation promotes Noh play through maintenance and operation of Kita Noh Theatre as well as conducting activities such as Kita School Noh play performances by young Noh play performers, Kita School monthly Noh play performance, workshops and Noh play performances for beginners.

【Akiyo Tomoeda】
Recipient of the 16th Kanze Hisao Memorial Hosei University Noh Theater Award in 1995 with a performance of “Bashō” and “Nonomiya” and winner of the 45th Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts the same year with a performance of “Izutsu”. Recipient of the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese Government in 2000, winner of the The Japan Art Academy Prize in 2003 and winner of the 2004 Pola Foundation for the Promotion of Traditional Japanese Culture Award. Designated a Living National Treasure by the Japanese Government in 2008.


Roppeita ⅩⅣ Commemorative Foundation
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Japan Society, New York, USA