2011, Thu, Jan 20

Komparu Ensemble: "Aoi no Ue" (Lady Aoi)

Directed by Honda Mitsuhiro

Komparu Ensemble | Aoi no Ue | Foto: © Tsujii Seiichiro

Komparu Ensemble | Aoi no Ue | Foto: © Tsujii Seiichiro

Two dramas performed in Berlin by the Komparu Nō-Ensemble, whose tradition can be traced back to Komparu Zenchiku, the famous fifteenth century actor. This form of theater, listed as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, captivates audiences with its tales of gods and heroes, its extravagant costumes and masks and its stylized dance language. Only five schools teach this art in Japan, and one of them is Komparu, which came into life after a split in the oldest Noh school.

The ensemble is touring Germany with “Lady Aoi”, an adaptation of episodes from a novel by the lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu, and “Benkei on the Ship” scenes from a tragedy surrounding two lovers and a sea battle with an army of ghosts. A prestigious and appropriate beginning of a year of celebrations marking the establishment of German-Japanese relations 150 years ago.

In cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, the Deutsch-Japanische Gesellschaft Berlin, the Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin and Bunkacho. With the kind support of ANA – All Nippon Airways

Further event:

Komparu Ensemble: "Funa Benkei"

Nō Theatre | Wed 19.01.2011 | 20:00 h | with work introduction more...