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Toei fuses the ancient Japanese dramatic art of Noh with the latest in computer graphics in a truly immersive theater experience. The Noh master dance in Three screens around the stage with orchestra sounds and Japanese traditional music, whichi will create a sense of 3D presence in a brand-new form of entertainment spectacle. The traditional Noh dances for the repose of souls take on vivid new meaning.

Early spring, on the beach at Takasago in Banshu. On his way to Kyoto, Tomonari, Guardian of the Shrine of Aso in Higo, sees an elderly couple sweeping needles from around the base of a pine tree, and asks which is the pine-tree of Takasago, which together with the pine tree of Sumiyoshi is part of a phrase meaning “to grow old together”, even though Sumiyoshi is far from this place. The couple gets into a boat and sails away.
Tomonari also sails to Sumiyoshi, and the holy dance of prayer for the Emperor and for the land takes place. It is the beginning of spring, and the mood is calm in its unchanging green. The elderly couple, symbolizing the long ages of the pine tree, also stand for a long and happy married life.

A visiting monk from Yoshino stands gazing at the flowers of a plum tree at the foot of the steps of an imperial palace in the Ichijo Omiya area of Kyoto. A woman appears from under the eaves, where no one had seemed to be. She tells him that here the nobles of ancient times held poetry and music gatherings. The monk, suspicious, asks the woman’s name, and she says she is a butterfly with a deep connection to flowers who grieves because she knows nothing of the plum blossoms. She has appeared in this form because she wishes to have the Lotus Sutra read and thus ascend to Lord Buddha and join herself with the plum blossoms. She promises to appear in the monk’s dreams, and vanishes.  The monk begins to chant the sutra, and the spirit of a beautiful butterfly appears. Delighted that through the power of the Lotus Sutra she has joined with the plum blossoms, she dances among them, and disappears into the sunset clouds. Besides the novelty and the butterfly’s loveliness as inspired by this story of her yearning for the plum blossoms, the piece can also be thought to aim for the elegance of the flowers themselves. It is as well an exercise in spiritual improvement, with the butterfly attaining her innocent wish through Lord Buddha.

A lady of seemingly noble rank and her attendants are out in the mountains for a party to view the autumn leaves. The warrior Taira no Koremochi, out with his attendants hunting deer, finds it strange that they should be viewing the leaves in such a place but, unwilling to disturb their revelry, dismounts from his horse, changes his path, and is trying to pass quietly by when the noblewoman stops him and invites him to join their party. With a beautiful woman pouring for him, he drinks more than he can remember, and falls asleep, at which point the watching women vanish. As Koremochi dreams, a god appears with a message. In surprise, Koremochi awakens to find that the women have revealed themselves as the demons they really were. Koremochi, however, does not flinch. Calling on the Hachiman Daibosatsu, Taira no Koremochi stands against the demons and vanquishes them. While there are other plays involving demons in the mountains, this contrasts the hero vanquishing the demon with an autumn flower viewing party, and speaks to both the attraction of a beautiful woman, and to the truth of the proverb “Saint without, devil within”.

Supervisor/KIYOKAZU KANZE[26th GRAND MASTER OF THE KANZE SCHOOL]

Kiyokazu Kanze was born in Tokyo in 1959. His father was Sakon(Motomasa)Kanze ,the 25th Grand Master of the Kanze Ryu(School),whom Kiyokazu succeeded in 1990. He has p erformed across Japan and in many other countries,including France,India,Thailand,China,the United States,Germany,and Poland,in revived plays such as”Hakozaki” and “Akoyanomatsu”,and new plays such as”Rikyu” and “The Conversion of St.Paul”. He has received the New Face Award and other top awards from Japan’s Ministry of Education,Culture,Sports,Science,and Technology, the imprerial Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, and was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. Mr.Kanze has been honored as part of an “Important Intangible Cultural Property” of Japan. He has served as Chairman of the Kanze Foundation and the Kanze Association,as a Councilor of the Japan Arts Council, and as Managing Director of the Nihon Nohgaku Association, and as Managing Member of the Japan-China Cultural Exchange Association.Kiyokazu Kanze teaches traditional Japanese music at Tokyo National University of the Arts.

Performer/SABUROTA KANZE

Born 1999. Son of Kiyokazu Kanze,the 26th Grand Master. He made his debut in the Noh play “Kurama Tengu” at age5, and has appeared since then on various stages in child roles. At age 15,he took the stage for the first time in a lead role,masked,in the Noh play “Tsunemasa”.

Stage Director・Performer・Chorus(jiutai)/
TAKANOBU SAKAGUCHI

Born 1976. Debut in Noh”Kurama Tengu” at age2.Graduated Tokyo National University of the Arts. Produces many Noh plays. National lectuer for Noh performers. Peformed at Carnegie Hall in March,2016.

Supervising Director/KENTA FUKASAKU

The son of Kinji Fukasaku, director of the “Battles Without Honor and Humanity” series, he wrote the scenario and served as Producer on his father’s “Battle Royale”, and wrote, produced, and directed “Battle Royale II Requiem”. He has since moved beyond motion pictures into stage and opera production. Well-versed in both film and stage, the one of Japan’s leading directors in both genres.

RECORDING CAST

Lead part(shite) /Kiyokazu Kanze
Supporting part(waki)/Tsuneyoshi Mori
Flute(fue)/Takayuki Isso
Shoulder drum(ko-tsuzumi)/ Shinkuro Kanze
Large hand drum(o-tsuzumi)/Hirotada Kamei
Stick drum(taiko)/Yuichiro Hayashi
Chorus(jiutai)/Hiroziro Sumi・Hisahiro Oka・Tomotaka Sekine

Planning: KANZE FOUNDATION Production: TOEI・KINOSHITA GROUP
Computer Graphics: ZUKUN LABORATORY
Production Associate: KANZE NOH THEATER Performers: THE NOH MASTERS OF THE KANZE SCHOOL