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Symposium - Theatre of dreams, theatre of play: No and Kyogen in Japan
Saturday, 2 August 2014 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Venue: Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW

Lecturer: Various presenters


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The rich and sophisticated culture of no theatre

Through a selection of masks, costumes, instruments, libretti and visualisations of performances in painting and prints, the exhibition Theatre of dreams, theatre of play: nō and kyōgen in Japan showcases the rich and sophisticated culture of nō (noh) theatre.

In this one-day symposium devoted to the exhibition, international experts explore the historical background and contemporary practice of no highlighting the intertwined dramatic and material cultures esteemed as the crystallisation of Japanese aesthetics.

Speakers include:

Professor Monica Bethe
nō expert and former professor, Otani University, Kyoto
Nō/kyōgen costumes: interlacing pattern and text

Kadowaki Yukie
curator, National Noh Theatre
Historical background to nō theatre

Stephen Martin
collector and author
Appreciating nō masks

Dr Katrina Moore
University of NSW
The world of the amateur nō practitioner: recreating the self through chanting and dance

Dr Khanh Trinh
curator of Japanese art, Art Gallery of NSW and the exhibition’s curator
Nō imagined in paintings and prints

Naohiko Umewaka
nō master and professor, Shizuoka University of Arts and Culture
The achievement of inner liberation through nō

Supported by the Toshiba International Foundation

Image: Nō mask Kasshiki (kokasshiki), Muromachi period, 16th century, Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan