Japanese Noh workshop

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Guest Instructor: Professor Richard Emmert

The Noh theatre workshop will introduce performing techniques of the Japanese classical Noh theatre with special emphasis on movement and music. The workshop will include a general introduction to Noh, supported by several videos, as well as practical, hands-on instruction in the techniques of music, movement and dance. No previous experience of Noh performance is required. Numbers are strictly limited to 20 participants, and preference will be given to those attending all three workshop-sessions.


Friday 27 February 2015 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Saturday 28 February 2015 9.30am – 12.00pm
Saturday 28 February 2015 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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Biography: Professor Richard Emmert

Richard Emmert has been studying, teaching and performing classical Noh drama in Japan since 1973. He is a certified Kita school Noh instructor, and has studied all aspects of Noh performances with a special concentration in movement and music. A professor of Musashino University in Tokyo, he directs an on-going Noh Training Project in Tokyo as well as summer NTP programs in the States and in the UK. He has co-authored a series of Noh performance guides published by the National Noh Theatre (NNT) in Tokyo and is presently completing another series for the NNT. He has also led extended Noh performance projects in Australia, India, Hong Kong, the UK, the US and Canada, including two previous projects at the University of Sydney. In 2014, he led a week-long workshop at NIDA and also conducted a lecture-demonstration at the Art Gallery New South Wales in connection with the Noh exhibition held there. He has composed, directed, and performed in eight English Noh performances, and has released a CD entitled Noh in English by the Japanese Teichiku Records. He has also performed and directed several Asian multi-cultural performances including Siddhartha by Teater Cahaya in Kuala Lumpur in 2003.  He is the founder and artistic director of Theatre Nohgaku, a company dedicated to performing Noh in English, and has led performance tours in several countries.

This workshop is organised by the Centre for Musical Diversity and PARADISEC, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. This workshop is supported through the Rex Cramphorn Studio’s Artist-in-Residence Program, in Performance Studies at the University of Sydney.

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