Japanese Noh Masters
Conduct Dance and Chant Workshop at UAlbany
Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 2, 2005) -- Hiromichi
Tamoi and Nobuyuki Oe, Noh masters from Kyoto,
Japan will conduct a special workshop on Noh
costume and mask to an invitation-only group
of students and media on Friday, March 4, 12:30-3:30
p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
The Noh Masters, certified instructors in
the Kanze School of Noh, will teach a workshop
in Noh dance and chanting every day to UAlbany
and Vassar College students during the first
week of March. The final performance by workshop
participants on Saturday, March 5, 3:30-5 p.m.,
will take place at Vassar College’s Avery
Hall located in Poughkeepsie N.Y. The performance
is free and open to the public.
Noh is a traditional form of Japanese masked
theater that combines music, dance and narrative.
This style of theater was developed under the
patronage of Japan’s warrior class beginning
in the mid-24th century.
Tamoi debuted on the Noh stage at age three
in 1973. Since then he has premiered well-known
Japanese pieces such as “Shakkyo” and “Midare.” Tamoi
has performed in China, USA, Holland, Belgium,
and France in addition to his full performance
schedule in Japan. Tamoi is a lecturer at the
Kyoto University of Art and Design, and teaches
Noh workshops at the Kyoto Art Institute’s
Traditional Theater Training program.
Oe apprentices under Living National Treasure
Katayama Kuroeon. Oe debuted at age three and
premiered the highly demanding “Dojoji” in
May 2004, and has introduced Noh to a wide
audience by teaching students from elementary
to university level. He is also the director
of the Noh club at Nara’s Women’s
Co-Sponsors of the workshop at UAlbany are
the College of Arts and Sciences and departments
of Theatre and East Asian Studies.
For more information, please contact Michael
Rich, Department of East Asian Studies,
UAlbany (518) 442-2589, firstname.lastname@example.org.