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Nohgaku kansho kyoshitsu (Special programme for students(Introduction of Noh))

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    Nohgaku kansho kyoshitsu for the Audience from Abroad [ Discover NOH & KYOGEN ] (Special programme for students(Introduction of Noh))
    *Performance Schedule
    DATE: Wednesday, May 30
    TIME: 7:00 p.m. scheduled to end at 9:15p.m.

    *Title and Main performer
    Commentary (English): Richard Emmert
    Kyogen: BONSAN (The Dwarf Tree Thief) / Zenchiku Takashi (Okura school)
    Noh: FUNABENKEI (Benkei on the Boat) / Ueda Kimitake (Kanze school)
     *Audio guide: No audio guide available.
     *Subtitles: Available in English, Japanese, chinese and Korea.
     *Program pamphlets will be distributed for free.

    *Admission (Including Tax)
    -Front-stage seat 3,100yen
    -Side-stage seat 2,600yen
    -Middle-stage seat 2,100yen
    -Student tickets (All seats) 1,300yen
     Seating Plan

    *Reservation:
    Available from: 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 9
    *Box office Ticket Counter:
    Availble from: 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 10

    *National Theatre Ticket Center(10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
    [Tel.] 0570-07-9900/03-3230-3000 (for some IP phones)
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    [SUMMARY]
    Kyogen: BONSAN (The Dwarf Tree Thief)
    A man wishes to have a bonsan (a miniature landscape arrangement using stones and sand on a tray), so one night he decides to sneak into the house of an acquaintance who has a large collection. He enters the house through the back gate and cuts his way through the fence. In the front room of the house there are numerous bonsan. While the thief is admiring the arrangements, the master of the house comes after hearing suspicious noise and is surprised to find a man he knows hiding behind a bonsan! He decides to chastise the thief by making him do imitaions of a dog, monkey, and finally a fish (tai, sea bream).

    Noh: FUNABENKEI (Benkei on a Boat)
    Although being the hero who defeated the Heike forces, Minamoto no Yoshitsune had fallen from Yoritomo's (his older brother) favor and is forced to flee the capital to the eastern provinces. His company arrives at the harbor of Daimotsunoura in the land of Settsu (Amagasaki City, Hyogo Pref.), and on the advice of Benkei, his loyal servant, Yoshitsune tells his lover Shizuka-gozen to return to the capital. In sorrow, Lady Shizuka offers a parting dance praying for Yoshitsune's safety and their future reunion.
    Yoshitsune and his retainers board a ship and sail out to sea, but suddenly a great storm arises and the vengeful spirit of Tomonori with the angry ghosts of fallen Heike warriors appear. Even though they fight courageously, their defeat is certain. Benkei, however, invokes the higher powers with prayer and is able to repel these spiritual foes, who disappear among the waves.
    A fast paced and powerful drama featuring a dance of parting by the beautiful drama featuring a dance of parting by the beautiful Shizuka-gozen, the appearance on the sea of the demonic spirit of Tomonori, and the brave followers of the tragic hero Minamoto no Yoshitsune.