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NeedsArch Report 13: One Day Noh Theater Workshop and Group Interview

posted Jun 26, 2017, 8:47 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Jun 27, 2017, 10:30 PM ]
The 13th NeedsArch (NA) "One Day Noh Theater Workshop and Group Interview" was held on June 24, 2017 in Umewaka Nohgaku Gakuin Kaikan (Nakano). 


Purpose of the event:

  To hear your opinion and suggestion for how we spread "Noh" to foreign nationals (to the world).
  Your opinion will be utilized to plan a new Noh workshop in order to further enhance foreign tourists' 
  attracting of Japanese culture which add more values & attractiveness to their visit.

apanese company (client) :
 Mrs. Yoko Layer
NeedsArch Product Testers : 9 (China, Indonesia, Brazil, Philippines, Vietnam and USA)

All testers did as follows;
  • Experience singing, chanting and dancing in the Noh theater classroom (80 mins)
  • Experience walking on the Noh Stage (10 mins)
  • Group Interview (30 mins)
All testers rated and reviewed One Day Noh Theater Workshop basically on the following;
  • Ideas and suggestions how we promote "Noh" to foreigners
  • Value of the workshop (e.g. contents, price, venue, time and so on)

YOKO LAYER - After graduating from high school in Japan, Yoko Layer modeled and acted for several magazines, television and theater companies. She later graduated from Tokyo Gakugei University and then began to study the Stanislavsky system from Russian director Leonid Anisimov. She has since performed with the Tokyo Novyi Repertory Company in Chekhov’s "The Cherry Orchard", "The Seagull" and Gorky’s "The Lower Depths".

In 2004, she began studying Noh as an apprentice on the professional track with the Umewaka Rokuro branch of the Kanze school. Later she began to spend time in Seattle with her husband Paul where they co-founded the Seattle Novyi Theatre Company and performed "The Seagull" and "Uncle Vanya" in repertory, and later "The Proposal" in the International Chekhov Festival in Tokyo. In 2007 she performed with Theatre Nohgaku in the chorus of "Crazy Jane" for TN’s Pacific Northwest tour. In 2010 she became a shihan (instructor) in the Kanze school of noh.

In 2012 she performed "Hagoromo"as a leading role the first time. Now she is performing in Noh theater, and she is teaching Noh theater to beginner students at culture centers and in private classes.