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2nd Noh and Kyogen Special Showing in Japanese Sign Language

  • Organization : Roppeita XIV Commemorative Foundation
  • Section : None
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


The Japanese Theatre of the Deaf, which has received global acclaim for its performances of kyogen in Japanese Sign Language and which is run by the actress Tetsuko Kuroyanagi’s Totto Foundation, will stage the Kita School Noh piece “Kurozuka” at the Kita Noh Theatre with simultaneous interpretation in sign language, as well as perform a kyogen standard.
This is the second outing for a special performance aimed at bringing hearing and non-hearing people together to enjoy Noh. Taken up a notch this time around is the production’s ambitious experiment — and Noh theater first — of having the thrilling Ai kyogen interludes played by actors using sign language.
This combined use of sign language interpretation and electronics company Pioneer’s “Listening Through the Body” technology offers one answer to helping hearing-impaired people enjoy theater.

1. Commentary (with sign language interpreter)
2. Kyogen in Japanese Sign Language (program in selection process)
3. Noh “Kurozuka” (with sign-language interpreter)


【Roppeita XIV Commemorative Foundation】
The aim of the Roppeita XIV Commemorative Foundation is to keep alive the legacy and achievements of Roppeita Kita, the14th head of the “Shite Kata” Kita School of Noh, and continue to promote and pass on Noh theater traditions through activities at its base the Kita Noh Theatre, headquarters of the Kita School. The group also focuses on spreading the word to children, the younger generations and also non-Japanese through a variety of activities that include Noh performances, in a bid to familiarize them with the world of Noh.


Roppeita XIV Commemorative Foundation
4-6-9 Kamiosaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 141-0021


Roppeita XIV Commemorative Noh Theatre (Kita Noh Theatre) (Shinagawa City, Tokyo)