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Kagura in Izumo

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    National Theatre (Small Theatre)
    Junuary 2020 Japanese Folk Performance

    Performance Date: January 25, 2020
    Performance Time
    ProgrammeⅠ: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    ProgrammeⅡ: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    *End times are estimates and may vary.

    Venue : National Theatre (Small Theatre)

    Kagura in Izumo

    【ProgrammeⅠ】 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    【ProgrammeⅡ】 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

    Sada Shinno Hozonkai(UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage/Nationally designated intangible folk cultural property)
    Odochi Kagura Hozonkai Kagurakata(Nationally designated intangible folk cultural property)

    Organized by Agency for Cultural Affairs and Japan Arts Council (National Theatre)

    *Audio guide: No audio guide available.
    *Subtitles: Available only in Japanese. Displayed on screen beside the stage.
    *English synopsis is available. Please ask at the reception desk.

    Tickets(Tax included)
    Tiket Prices for ProgrammeⅠ
    Adult = 4,200yen
    Student = 2,900yen

    Tiket Prices for ProgrammeⅡ
    Adult = 4,200yen
    Student = 2,900yen

    Set Price(ProgrammeⅠandⅡ) =7,600yen
    *You can buy set price tickets, when you buy tickets of ProgrammeⅠand Ⅱ at the same time.

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    Izumo no Kagura

    Kagura, closely related to ancient Japanese religious beliefs, refers to singing and dancing performed as a form of nature-worship or as a dedication to the gods. It can be broadly classified into Torimono Kagura, Miko Kagura, Yudate Kagura, Shishi Kagura, among others. Of these, Torimono Kagura includes Torimono-mai, a dance with hand-held objects, and a dramatic dance adapted from mythological tales or legends. It is the most widely performed throughout the country.

    As a representative of Torimono Kagura, this performance features Izumo Kagura , which includes two of Japan’s performing arts treasures: the religiously tinged dance Sada Shin Noh and highly entertaining Ōdochi Kagura, both registered as Nationally Designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Izumo Kagura is composed of a Shintō ritual dance Shichiza and a highly narrative masked dance called Shin Noh. Shin Noh includes many pieces handed down through the generations based on the Izumo Myths that appear in the books Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters) and Nihon Shoki (Japanese Chronicles), such as Orochi Taiji (Slaying of the Eight-Headed Dragon).

    In today's program, we present several pieces that are the same in content but different in expression or presentation technique, as well as those with unique characteristics.

    Sada Shin Noh
    [A UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage / Nationally Designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property]

    Sada Shin Noh is a Shintō ritual performance art that originated at the Sada Shrine, one of the three grand shrines of Izumo province.Shichiza is a Shintō ritual performed to purify the rush mats (goza), on which the deities will sit, both in the main shrine as well as the auxiliary and subsidiary shrines and is performed at Gozakae-sai (the annual Shintō ritual of changing the rush mats) on September 24. It is thought to have originated at the start of the 16th century. Shin Noh is a masked dance drama themed on myths, superstitions, etc., which is performed at Gohōraku (a ceremony to entertain deities) on September 25. Sada Shin Noh is distinguished by the adoption of the Noh style, and has been passed down with no derogation from its dignity. This is the first time since 1981 it has been performed at the National Theatre.

    Ōdochi Kagura

    [A Nationally Designated, Important, Intangible Folk Cultural Property]
    Ōdochi Kagura is a kagura piece that originated at the Ōdochikō Shrine, located near the Izumo Taisha Shrine. It is thought to have a history of more than 300 years. According to records from the Edo period, it was started by volunteer shrine parishioners who took charge of the kagura-kata that was originally conducted exclusively by Shintō priests. Thus, it is regarded as a forerunner of the kagura commonly performed today by ordinary people and children. Its unique forms are maintained through its style of dancing, costumes and music. It is highly typical that there is kodomo-mai (dance by children) in addition to otona-mai (dance by adults). Today marks the first time this has been performed at the National Theatre.

    If you attend both the 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. performance, you can enjoy the differences between the programs. You don’t want to miss it!