Kanze Noh Theatre

Okina and Aoi no Ue

July 16

Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Broadway at West 60th Street, 5th floor

Noh plays are able to conjure epic states. They are hypnotic, almost, in their ability to transport.”

New York Times

  • Noh: Okina
  • Noh: Aoi no Ue (The 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.

In this performance, Grand Master Kiyokazu Kanze is joined onstage by his son and artistic heir, Saburota Kanze, for the oldest Noh play, Okina. The second part features Zeami Motokiyo’s 14th-century ghost story Aoi no Ue (The Lady Aoi), based on The Tales of Genji.


Noh Okina

Lead part (Okina) Kiyokazu Kanze

The companion of Shite (Senzai) Saburota Kanze

Kyogen part (Sambaso) Noritaka Yamamoto

Kyogen part (Menbako) Yasutaro Yamamoto

Flute (Fue) Ichikazu Sugi

Shoulder drum (Ko-tsuzumi) Seiichi Iida, Masayoshi Ko, Yukihiko Yokoyama

Large hand drum (O-tsuzumi) Hirotada Kamei

Supervision and arrangement (Koken) Takahiro Ueda, Kimitake Ueda

Chorus (Jiutai) Yoshinobu Kanze, Shigehiko Fujinami, Fumihisa Onishi, Masashi Nomura, Yoshinari Shimizu, Nobuyuki Kizuki, Takanobu Sakaguchi, Yoshimaru Sekine

Running time: 65 minutes


Noh Aoi no Ue (The Lady Aoi)

Azusa no De

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

Lead part (Shite, Spirit of Lady Rokujo) Hisahiro Oka

The companion of Shite (Tsure, Miko) Kojiro Sumi

Supporting part (Waki, Holy priest) Tsuneyoshi Mori

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

Explanatory interlude (Ai, Servant) Yasutaro 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) Motoharu Yoshii, Yoshinari Shimizu

Chorus (Jiutai) Takahiro Ueda, Shigehiko Fujinami, Fumihisa Onishi, Masashi Nomura, Nobuyuki Kizuki, Toshiya Kaneko, Yoshimaru Sekine, 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

Hagoromo, Busshi, 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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