Noh – Contemporary Tradition

Noh – Contemporary Tradition

15 October 2016
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In this lecture-performance, Theatre Nohgaku will introduce the traditional Japanese art form of noh in English and perform selections from the play, Blue Moon Over Memphis.

Noh, one of the oldest continuing stage art in the world, combines highly stylized dance, chant, music, mask and costume with intense inner concentration and physical discipline, creating a uniquely powerful theatrical experience.

Blue Moon Over Memphis is a play based on one of the first global celebrity casualties, Elvis Presley. It follows an Elvis fan on a pilgrimage to Graceland on the anniversary of Elvis’s death, where she meets with the ghost of the Rock ‘n Roll legend.

This lecture-performance is co-organised by The Arts House and the NUS Department of Japanese Studies. NOH, Taditional Japanese Performance, is the final session of the conference “Contemporary Tradition – Japanese performance Genre Today”, organised by the NUS Department of Japanese Studies, with support from the Japan Foundation.

“Contemporary Tradition” is also part of the celebration of Japan-Singapore 50th year diplomatic relations, as well as the 35th anniversary of the Japanese Studies department.


Theatre Nohgaku is an international performance group devoted to sharing the beauty and power of the classical Japanese noh performance style with English speaking audiences and performers. Theater Nohgaku performs traditional noh in Japanese with English translations and creates original works that combine noh’s performance techniques and modes of expression with twenty-first century issues.