Noh Performance: Funa-Benkei
NOH PERFORMANCE: FUNA-BENKEI
TUE 26 SEPT 2017 8.30PM
Soichiro Hayashi, Shite (Principal actor),
Kanze School of Noh
Japan Foundation & Embassy of Japan in Malaysia
The world’s oldest form of theatre, Noh was designated as a UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008 in recognition of its intrinsic beauty and influence on various genres of the stage. The foundation of Noh was established in the 14th century. Bearing both religious and entertainment elements, it was performed at such varied places as temples, castles and riversides, attracting a great many spectators. Gradually, Noh became popular among politicians and the nobility in Kyoto, the capital city of the era, transforming into a performing art of exquisite elegance that has come to represent Japanese spirit and the aesthetic world.