66th Kyoto Takigi Noh ・ 第66回 京都薪能

I went to the 66th annual “Firelight Noh” at Heian-jingu Shrine. This is an outdoor Noh performance that is held at nighttime and lit with bonfires. It lasts from 5:30pm until 9:00pm on June 1 and 2 every year.

 

The evening starts just before sundown and then, as it’s getting dark, small fires are lit around the stage.

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Each of the two nights includes several Noh plays and a comedic interlude called Kyogen. The program for June 1 this year was…

  1. 逆鉾 Sakahoko (half-Noh)
  2. bonfire-lighting ceremony
  3. 半蔀 Hajitomi (half-Noh)
  4. 菊慈童 Kiku jido (Noh)
  5. 福部の神 Fukube no shin (Kyogen interlude)
  6. 国栖 Kuzu (Noh)

You can read more about the history of Takigi-Noh and the full program for both nights of this year’s Takigi Noh on the ➚ official website.

 

In my video (below), you can see parts of “Kiku jido” and “Kuzu”.  Here are the plots…

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Last year, the English program notes were written up by Diego Pellecchia, a post-doc researcher with the Kongo Noh troupe.  I assume this year’s was as well…

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You can read Mr. Pellecchia’s blog called ➚ “The Noh Diaries“.

 

Last year, I enjoyed going to Takigi Noh with Nick and Naomi, but this year I went alone.  It was different–a little sad and lonely–but enjoyable in its own way.  It was a beautiful night with fine weather.

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Check out my links page for links to Noh theaters in Kyoto.  And now on with the show…

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