Exhibition: Mirror & Mirage: Japanese Noh and Kyogen Theatre through March 22. Opening reception: Jan. 18, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.


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The EWC Arts Program in cooperation with the UHM Dept. of Theatre and Dance presents the exhibition.

When: Jan 18 2009 (All day) until Mar 22 2009 (All day)
Where: East-West Center Gallery, Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Rd., Honolulu

Noh and kyogen, collectively known as nohgaku, share a nearly 700-year-long history. The refined poetry and music of noh portrays the psychological journey of the main character, often a ghost in need of release from earthly ties or fulfillment of karmic destiny. Usually included on the same program is kyogen, with its exaggerated portrayals of everday human foibles.

The costumes, masks, scrolls, photos, accessories, and "pop-culture" noh and kyogen items featured in the current exhibition are on loan from the UHM Department of Theatre and Dance, and from noh masters training UHM students for the Kennedy Theatre classical noh production of Sumida River, March 6 - 15, 2009. Through these works of art and artistic oddities, the exhibit will acquaint the viewer with both the shared and specific elements of the "artistic team" of noh and kyogen, as well as provide a view of their respective paths into the 21th century.

In residence Jan. 13 - Feb. 4, 2009
Master mask
carver Hideta Kitazawa

Guest curators:
Richard Emmert & Julie A. Iezzi

Michael Schuster & Lynne Najita

Special Events
All in the EWC Gallery, admission free.

Sunday, January 18, 2009
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Opening festivities including reception and demonstration of Noh performance techniques by co-curator and noh scholar/performer Richard Emmert.

Sunday, January 25
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

"Carving Noh and Kyogen Masks," demonstration by master carver Hideta Kitazawa, whose works are featured in the exhibit.

Sunday, February 1
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
"Kyogen Costuming," demonstration by co-curator and UHM Assoc. Prof. of Theatre Julie A. Iezzi

Sunday, February 8
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
"Life Changes and the Female Noh Mask," Arts Forum by Chizuko Endo, mask maker, musician and Japanese arts specialist.

Sunday, February 15
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

"Noh in Performance," by visiting Kita School noh master Akira Matsui and co-curator Richard Emmert.

Sunday, February 22
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
"Noh costuming,"demonstration by co-curator Richard Emmert

Sunday, March 1
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
"Capital Birds, Crazy Chicks: Literary and Dramatic Convention in Sumidagawa," lecture by Arthur Thornhill, Assoc. Prof. of Japanese, UHM Dept. of East Asian Languages and Literature.

March 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 8:00 p.m. and March 15 at 2:00 p.m.

In conjunction with this EWC exhibition, the UHM Dept. of Theatre and Dance and Music Department present the English-language premier of Sumida River (Sumidagawa) at Kennedy Theatre. For more information, visit http://www.hawaii.edu/kennedy. Admission charged for this production.

Saturday, March 7, 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 14, 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.

"Sumida River" Pre-show Chat: "In the Know About Noh" presented by UHM Dept. of Theatre and Dance.

Sunday, March 22
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
"The Art of Noh and Kyogen Mask Making," demonstration by master carver Hideta Kitazawa, whose works are featured in the exhibit. Final day of the exhibit.

contact: Eric Chang, Arts Program Assistant, EWC Gallery, (808) 944-7584

email: [email protected]


Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Sunday noon-4 p.m. Closed Saturdays and holidays. Admission is free.
Visitor parking on the adjacent UH campus is $3 and is usually easily available
on the upper campus after 4 p.m. weekdays; Sunday parking is normally free and

Address: John
A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road
(corner Dole St. & East-West Rd.)

These East-West
Center Arts Programs are made possible
by generous support from the Hawai`i
Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai`i
Charities, the Cooke Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, and generous contributors to
the EWC Foundation, including members of the EWC Arts `Ohana.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Eric Chang, Arts Program Assistant, EWC Gallery
Phone: 944-7584