Kanze Noh Theatre

Hagoromo, Kaki Yamabushi, Sumida Gawa

July 15

Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Broadway at West 60th Street, 5th floor

With the Kanze company in residence, time stands still and theater is transporting.”

New York Times

  • Noh: Hagoromo (The Robe of Feathers)
  • Kyogen: Kaki Yamabushi (The Persimmon Thief)
  • Noh: Sumida Gawa (Sumida River)

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.

In this performance, the springtime myth Hagoromo (The Robe of Feathers) is followed by the comic Kaki Yamabushi (The Persimmon Thief) in which a hungry priest gets stuck in a tree. The program closes with Motomasa’s 15th-century play Sumida Gawa (Sumida River) about a madwoman, portrayed by the Grand Master, searching for her lost child.


Noh Hagoromo (The Robe of Feathers)

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

Lead part (Shite, Angel) Hisahiro Oka

Supporting part (Waki, Fisherman) Tsuneyoshi 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) Takahiro Ueda, Motoharu Yoshii, Fumihisa Onishi, Masashi Nomura, Kojiro Sumi, Nobuyuki Kizuki, Toshiya Kaneko, Hironoshin Inoue

Running time: 50 minutes


Kyogen Kaki Yamabushi (The Persimmon Thief)

Lead part (Shite, Yamabushi) Noritaka Yamamoto

Supporting part (Ado, Persimmon owner) Yasutaro Yamamoto

Running time: 10 minutes


Noh Sumida Gawa (Sumida River)

Lead part (Shite, the mother of Umewaka-maru) Kiyokazu Kanze

The companion of Shite (Ko-kata, the ghost of Umewaka-maru) Shigeteru Fujinami

Supporting part (Waki, a ferryman) Tsuneyoshi Mori

Supporting part (Waki-tsure, a traveler) Jotaro Mori

Flute (Fue) Ichikazu SugiShoulder drum (Ko-tsuzumi)** Seiichi Iida

Large hand drum (O-tsuzumi) Hirotada Kamei

Supervision and arrangement (Koken) Yoshinobu Kanze, Shigehiko Fujinami

Chorus (Jiutai) Takahiro Ueda, Kimitake Ueda, Motoharu Yoshii, Kojiro Sumi, Yoshinari Shimizu, Takanobu Sakaguchi, Toshiya Kaneko, Yoshimaru Sekine

Running time: 70 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, Busshi, Aoi no Ue

Okina and Aoi no Ue

Okina and Shakkyo

View Packages

Performed in Japanese with English supertitles

Venue Accessibility

  • Large-print programs
  • Captioning with English supertitles
  • Braille programs
  • Wheelchair-accessible seating
  • Assistive listening devices

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