32nd Public Lecture

Techniques of Transformation – Sugawara no Michizane as Depicted in Noh and Joruri

This seminar, which was held at the Yarai Noh Theater in Kagurasaka, Tokyo, on December 20, 2001, looked into the way Noh and Joruri drama handles the transformation of the 9th century minister, Sugawara no Michizane, into a thunder god.
The seminar was divided into first and second halves, the first half consisting of lectures by Kamakura Keiko on Michizane as Depicted in Modern Theater, and Oda Sachiko on Michizane – The Transformation of Demons in Noh, and the second half of performances by Toyotake Rosetayu and Tsurusawa Enjiro of excerpts from the Mt. Tempai act of the Joruri play, Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy), and by Awaya Akio, Awaya Mitsuo, and Kaneko Keiichiro of excerpts from the Noh play, Raiden. The performances were followed by an onstage discussion between the performers and lecturers.

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Awaya Akio performing excerpts from the Noh play, Raiden

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Toyotake Rosetayu and Tsurusawa Enjiro perform an excerpt from the Mt. Tempai act of the Joruri play, Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami.

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Awaya Akio explains the Oh-tobide mask used by the main actor in the second half of Raiden.

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