- Performing Arts
- September 19 - 25, 2018
“SAMBASO, divine dance” performed by Mansaku, Mansai and Yuki Nomura, designed by Hiroshi Sugimoto
Bringing together three generations of Japan’s most famous family of Kyogen actors Mansaku, Mansai, and Yûki Nomura. The three will be performing on a stage designed by Japanese contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Among the many traditional performing arts that have been handed down throughout Japanese history, Sambasô is the classical performance that retains the oldest format. It origins are said to be traceable all the way back to the story of Amaterasu Omikami, the mythical Japanese goddess of the sun and the heavens, and the Ama-no-Iwato (heavenly rock cave). This dance expresses the descent of a kami (Shinto god) to earth, and is the weightiest segment of a Noh play, handled as a Shinto rite. The dance is at times quiet and at times intense, as the flesh-and-blood human body dances the dance, and the form of the kami spirit inwardly dancing down comes in and out of view. From ancient times in Japan, the forms of kami have appeared only as hints and traces. You will witness with your own eyes that these hints and traces still surely exist, even though modern Japanese society has, by and large, allowed these ancient beliefs to lapse. And you will do so with bated breath, in the Kami Hisomi Iki (where the kami lurks).
We replaced the kagami ita (wooden panels displaying a painted pine tree) with a curtain that has a thunderbolt dyed on it.
September 19 – 25, 2018 (no performance on September 23)
Théâtre de la Ville – Espace Cardin
The Japan Foundation, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris
Odawara Art Foundation, Festival d’Automne à Paris
・In cooperation with：
Setagaya Arts Foundation, Setagaya Public Theatre
・Composition/set design by：
・In conjunction with：
Mansaku Nomura, Mansai Nomura, Yûki Nomura and others