観世流能楽師 勝海 登(かつみ のぼる) Noboru Katsumi

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Noh
Noh is known as the world oldest traditional classic stage art and has more than 600 years of history and it is designated by UNESCO as the world heritage asset in 2008.
It is a play but also a musical play with the element of dancing and singing so it comparable to opera in the west but the difference between those two is spectacular. It can be said to be a masked play since they put on the mask when performing.

ZEAMI who perfected the Noh Play is one of the most important figures in Japanese theater history. It was more than 200 years before Shakespeare appeared when he wrote his concept of art theory FUSHIKADEN. Noh are the play involving a perfect division of labor, those who are restating and those who are performing.

They are divided into SHITEKATA a main actor and WAKIKATA supporting actors and KYOGENKATA comical actors and HAYASHIKATA musicians.
The main actor is called SHITE and sometime he plays a role of transcendental figure such as dragon god or a demon.

Noh focus on main actor. The SHITE is not only a main actor but also he is a director. Thus ZEAMI as a leading SHITE had exerted his influence over the entire production.

Today’s guest speaker, Mr. Katsumi Noboru is SHITEKATA in KANZE School and produces his own Noh plays.

Hello, everyone.
Today’s special guest is Mr. Katsumi Noboru.
He is a Noh player of Kanze School and he is a holder of
Noh as a stage art often compared with the Opera in the west.
Today we would like to ask Mr. Katsumi about Noh and study the difference between the west and east way of thinking and to introduce the most simple but deep performing art of Noh.