Kanze Noh Theatre

Hagoromo, Busshi, Aoi no Ue

July 16

Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Broadway at West 60th Street, 5th floor

Resplendent costumes and masks, hypnotic music and intricately stylized performance.”

New York Times on Kanze Noh Theatre

  • Noh: Hagoromo (The Robe of Feathers)
  • Kyogen: Busshi (The Fake Sculptor)
  • Noh: Aoi no Ue (Lady Aoi)

This summer, Kiyokazu Kanze—the 26th Grand Master of the Kanze School and a descendent of the founder of Noh—brings the profound lyricism and aesthetic elegance of this ancient dramatic art form to Lincoln Center. On an authentic Noh stage constructed especially for Lincoln Center Festival, Kanze Noh Theatre will present five different Noh dramas selected from the repertoire of approximately 240, as well as two Kyogen, the customary comic interlude in a Noh program.

The springtime myth Hagoromo (The Robe of Feathers) opens this program, followed by Busshi (The Fake Sculptor), in which a conman tries to convince a peasant he is a famous Buddha sculptor. The last part features Zeami Motokiyo’s 14th-century story of a vengeful phantom, Aoi no Ue (The Lady Aoi).


Noh Hagoromo (The Robe of Feathers)

Wago no Mai (Kogaki: name of a special variant performance)

Lead part (Shite, Angel) Yoshinobu Kanze

Supporting part (Waki, Fisherman) Jotaro Mori

Flute (Fue) Ichikazu Sugi

Shoulder drum (Ko-tsuzumi) Masayoshi Ko

Large hand drum (O-tsuzumi) Hirotada Kamei

Stick drum (Taiko) Motonori Kanze

Supervision and arrangement (Koken) Kimitake Ueda, Yoshinari Shimizu

Chorus (Jiutai) Hisahiro Oka, Shigehiko Fujinami, Motoharu Yoshii, Fumihisa Onishi, Nobuyuki Kizuki, Toshiya Kaneko Yoshimaru Sekine, Hironoshin Inoue

Running time: 50 minutes


Kyogen Busshi (The Fake Sculptor)

Lead part (Shite, Sculptor of Buddhist images) Yasutaro Yamamoto

Supporting part (Ado, Country man) Noritaka Yamamoto

Running time: 20 minutes


Noh Aoi no Ue (The Lady Aoi)

Azusa no De

Ku no Inor (Kogaki: name of a special variant performance)

Lead part (Shite, Spirit of Lady Rokujo) Kiyokazu Kanze

The companion of Shite (Tsure, Miko) Takanobu Sakaguchi

Supporting part (Waki, Holy priest) Tsuneyoshi Mori

Supporting part (Waki-tsure, High official) Jotaro Mori

Explanatory interlude (Ai, Servant) Noritaka Yamamoto

Flute (Fue) Ichikazu Sugi

Shoulder drum (Ko-tsuzumi) Seiichi Iida

Large hand drum (O-tsuzumi) Hirotada Kamei

Stick drum (Taiko) Motonori Kanze

Supervision and arrangement (Koken) Takahiro Ueda, Kojiro Sumi

Chorus (Jiutai) Hisahiro Oka, Kimitake Ueda, Shigehiko Fujinami, Masashi Nomura, Yoshinari Shimizu, Nobuyuki Kizuki, Toshiya Kaneko, Hironoshin Inoue

Running time: 50 minutes

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Support provided by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, and MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group).

Kanze Noh Theatre’s participation in the Lincoln Center Festival is sponsored by the Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) and the Agency of Cultural Affairs (Government of Japan).

Also in This Series

Okina and Hagoromo

Sumida Gawa, Busshi, Shakkyo

Hagoromo, Kaki Yamabushi, Sumida Gawa

Okina and Aoi no Ue

Okina and Shakkyo

View Packages

Performed in Japanese with English supertitles

Venue Accessibility

  • Large-print programs
  • Braille programs
  • Wheelchair-accessible seating
  • Assistive listening devices

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