[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #1
Rise of the Samurai & Kamakura Era
Introduction & Overview of Medieval Japan—Public vs. private ownership of land; the growth and organization of shoen; Kamakura Shogunate and its rule; rise of the bushi (warrior/samurai) class; and Mongol Invasions. Instructor: Hitomi Tonomura, University of Michigan.
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #2
Peace and Upheaval: The Ashikaga Shogunate
Feudal Institutions from 1337 to 1573—Examine the rise of Ashikaga Takauji’s rise to power and the Northern and Southern Courts; formation of village community and agricultural development; establishment of Buddhist thought and practices; emerging merchant class, trade guilds, and money economy. Instructor: Paul Drobie, Manhattan College.
Medieval Shintoism & Buddhism—Cultural diffusion of ideas and practices of Buddhism and Confucianism tied to China and Korea; Jodo sect of Buddhism for the samurai, commoners, and emperors; principles and connection of Zen. Instructor: Bernard Faure, Columbia University.
[New Noh] November 3, 7:30 PM
November 4, 7:30 PM
November 5, 4:30 PM
Hiroshi Sugimoto, acclaimed visual artist and traditional Japanese arts connoisseur, offers his most recent noh piece. In this new play, the ghost of revered 16th century tea master Sen-no-Rikyu appears to tell the story of his tragic death by forced suicide. Opening a door onto medieval Japan, the program begins with a tea ceremony by Sen So’oku, direct descendent of Sen-no-Rikyu, and features Japan’s top noh actors and musicians. Performed in Japanese with English titles.
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #4
Civil Wars to Unification
From Civil Wars... to Unification—Explore how the denial of traditional authority within Japanese society sets off a series of internal conflicts/civil wars; examine specific roles of key historical figures Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Ieyasu Tokugawa through the use of kinesthetic movement and reenactment scenarios that later cultivated subservient attitudes useful in the feudal system; and the impact on Japan as it engaged with European Renaissance ideas. Instructor: Thomas Conlan, Princeton University.
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #5
The Golden Age of Arts in the Muromachi Era
Cultural Life in Medieval Japan—Explore and examine the evolution of new interior settings of medieval Japan; interactions and developments in the arts as east and west meet; participate and practice the etiquette and details of an original expression of Zen in the “high art” of an authentic Japanese tea ceremony. Instructors: Matthew McKelway and Urasenke Chanoyu Center.
[Theater] December 7, 7:30 PM
December 8, 7:30 PM
December 9, 7:30 PM
Based on a 14th-century noh play with the same title, Hanjo, by provocative Japanese author Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), is a timeless tale of love, loneliness and betrayal. New York’s beloved SITI Company unveils Mishima’s story as a bilingual triptych in which the actors rotate through each character role. The production weaves noh theater’s elegance, expressiveness and economy, together with techniques of contemporary theater, to shed light on identity, gender, language, and ultimately the art of acting. Performed in English and Japanese.
[Theater] January 11, 7:30 PM
January 12, 7:30 PM
January 13, 7:30 PM
January 14, 4 PM
Following a sold-out run of Medea in 2011, Satoshi Miyagi and his company SPAC return to New York with another literary masterpiece, Othello. Miyagi re-tells Shakespeare’s famed tragedy through noh theater’s most distinct storytelling structure, mugen noh, or a play that features a spirit. Told from the perspective of Othello’s wife Desdemona, who returns as a ghost after her death, Miyagi’s production is replete with stunning masks and costumes as well as powerful live music and chanting. Performed in Japanese with English titles.
[Workshop] January 13, 1:30-3:30 PM
SPAC training, which incorporates the methodologies of Satoshi Miyagi and Tadashi Suzuki, includes intensive practice in vocalization, physicality and rhythm. During this workshop led by SPAC company members, participants will learn body exercises required for SPAC’s unique voice production. Professional movement/acting experience required. Participants must wear socks and exercise wear. Max 20 participants.