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Japanese Noh Art Gallery of New South Wales

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Theatre of dreams, theatre of play runs at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until September 14. Richard Emmert will give a lecture and demonstration, Rhythms of nō: music, chant, dance, on Sunday June 29.

Six essential aspects of Japanese Noh 

THEATRE OF DREAMS THEATRE OF PLAY opened this week at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), a new exhibit giving a fascinating glimpse into one of Japan’s great theatrical traditions (Noh) through 165 rare costumes, masks, musical instruments and paintings.

Author Jeff Janisheski – Head Of Acting at National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

I trained in Tokyo for more than three years in Noh and Butoh. Both have had a deep influence on my directing work and teaching. As Head of Acting at NIDA, my training is grounded in Stanislavski yet weaves in elements of these Japanese forms to allow an actor to find physical rigour, contained energy and stillness.

There are six essential aspects of Noh that I took from my time in Japan and incorporate into my teaching at NIDA, which I’ll outline below. Theatre artists worldwide – from Brecht to Brook to Bogart – have been inspired by these dynamic elements of this rich theatrical form.

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