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Friday, June 18, 2004

OF NOTE

Insights into the drama of reading

A performance and symposium to be held Saturday at Yarai Nohgaku-do Hall will highlight the role that reading aloud plays in Japan's traditional music and performing arts, including gagaku, noh, kyogen, kabuki and bunraku.

The program for "Yomu Geino (Reading in the Performing Arts)" includes priests from the Jodo (Pure Land) school of Buddhism demonstrating the arts of oral reading and recital as used in Buddhist rituals. Renowned storyteller Ichiryusai Teisui, a living national treasure, will perform an ancient kodan (traditional storytelling) piece titled "Tenpo Rokkasen Kochiyama Maruri no Yusuri."

The symposium will be anchored by three panelists, all experts on the traditional performing arts and the history of Japanese music, who will discuss noh, kodan and the art of reading aloud in Buddhist rituals.

Tickets are 2,000 yen (500 yen for students). There will be no translation into English.

"Yomu Geino": 2 p.m.m June 19, at Yarai Nohgaku-do Hall (60 Yarai-cho, Shinjuku-ku); (03) 3268-7311. The hall is a few minutes' walk from Kagurazaka subway station, Exit 2.


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