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    National Theatre (Small Theatre)
    March 2021   Special Program


    Gagaku and Contemporary Music
    Poetry in Song and Performance

    Performance Dates
    March 5(Fri.)-6(Sat.), 2021

    Performance Time
    5(Fri.) 5:30 p.m. - 7:40 p.m.
    6(Sat.) 5:30 p.m. - 7:40 p.m. 
    * End times are estimates and may vary.


    Japanese poetry has evolved as a form of literature to be read aloud. Also described as koewaza, meaning “skill of the voice,” poetry is closely related to the music and performing arts, and conveys its essential charm through the singing and playing of music. In this performance, the characteristics of Japanese poetry focus on classical and contemporary music. The performance styles of Japanese classical music include imayō (a popular style of song from the Heian period), shirabyōshi (female performers singing and dancing to imayō) and ranbyōshi (a type of Noh dance with an erratic rhythm). Contemporary music includes the works created with the theme of renga (a linked verse style). Please savor the rich world of Japanese poetry and the stylistic appeal of this performance.

    【5(Fri.) Start 5:30 p.m.】

    《Gagaku》

    Lecture:
    Okimoto Yukiko

    Ryojin Hisho
    Ashigara Seki no Kami / Mononoyo Gongen / Haru no Hajime /  Mizu no Shirabyoshi /  Hitomemishi

    《Contemporary Music》
    Lecture: Konuma Junichi

    Composed by John Cage
    RENGA  (1975-76)


    【6(Sat.) Start 5:30 p.m. 】

    《Gagaku》

    Lecture: Okimoto Yukiko and Others

    Gosechi no Aida no Eikyoku no Koto

    Omoi no Tsu /  Reigetsu / Horaisan /  Manzairaku /  Mizu no Engyoku /  Shirousuyo

    《Contemporary Music》
    Lecture: Kawashima Motoharu, Marc David Ferrum, Kuwabara Yu and Konuma Junichi

    Composed by Kawashima Motoharu, Marc David Ferrum, Kuwabara Yu
    Berlin RenshiⅡ- Die Strickleiter an der Fasanenstraße  (2021)
    World Premiere
    A work commissioned by National Theatre

    *Audio guide: Not available.
    *Subtitles : Available.
    *English synopsis is available. Please ask at the reception desk.

    Tickets (Tax included)
    Adults = 5,000 yen / Students = 3,500 yen  
    Set Tickets = 9,100 yen (2 Performances) 
    Seating plan 

    Booking Opens
    February 11 (Thu.), 2021



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