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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.】


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. 】


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

Box Office
 0570-07-9900 (From overseas: +81-3-3230-3000) in Japanese and English (10:00 - 18:00(JST))


Counter Sales at the Theatre 
February 12 (Fri.), 2021

in Japanese

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