‘Getting to Noh’ from Page to Stage

15 December 2018 | 2pm-3:30pm (Public Event)
(Phase 1) Illustrated Talk and Reading of Between the Stones
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

What is noh? And how is a new noh developed from ‘page to stage’?

‘Noh’ is classical Japanese theatre, which combines elements of dance, drama, music and poetic text into a highly aesthetic form of art that has been performed continuously for 650 years. In contrast to its minimalist stage, noh uses elaborate costumes and exquisitely carved wooden masks such as those acquired at Pitt Rivers Museum from master mask-maker Hideta Kitazawa.

This illustrated talk by Jannette Cheong is designed to introduce the key elements of classical noh. It will be followed by a reading of Jannette’s new noh ‘Between the Stones’, which is being prepared for performance, to give a close up and interactive experience of the challenges of developing a new noh ‘from page to stage’ using traditional techniques. 

Come and join us for this fascinating opportunity to get ‘under the skin’ of this rare UK artist’s work. As the first British person to write a noh using traditional techniques Jannette will unravel the mysteries of this exquisite classical theatre form as she begins her third collaboration with Richard Emmert, and second collaboration with members of the Oshima Noh Theatre family. 
This new noh brings together three iconic Japanese cultural forms (noh, including masks carved by Hideta Kitazawa, karesansui gardens and furin wind chimes). Between the Stones finds beauty from tragic loss, and explores the transformative power of gardens to nurture and heal the soul…


triptych of a fan, the bottom of a dress and a mask