Monday, February 2, 2015

Selected Resources on Noh at UH Manoa

Want to prep yourself for the Noh performance at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Orvis Auditorium this Saturday, February 7 at 7:30pm? Librarian Tokiko Bazzell with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Asia Collection Department gathered these Noh resources that are available through the University of Hawai‘i library system.

Selected Resources on Noh
as collected by 
Tokiko Bazzell
Asia Collection Department, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Title: A guide to Nō

Title: Noh

Title: Essays on Noh and Kyogen and two new translations / James R. Brandon ... [and others].
Variant Title: Noh & kyōgen (including “Noh masks”)

Title: Nōh and Kyōgen : an interpretive guide

Author: Keene, Donald.
Title: Nō ; and, Bunraku : two forms of Japanese theatre

Author: Keene, Donald.
Title: Nō; the classical theatre of Japan

 Title: The noh theater : principles and perspectives

Title: The ethos of Noh : actors and their art

Title: The Noh (include general information about Noh)

Noh Masks
Title: The secrets of noh masks

Title: Developing Zeami : the Noh actor's attunement in practice

Title: Figures of desire : wordplay, spirit possession, fantasy, madness, and mourning in Japanese noh plays

Author: Elzey, John M.
Title: Structure and imagery in the Noh Plays of Zeami Motokiyo

Title: On the art of the nō drama : the major treatises of Zeami ; translated by J. Thomas Rimer, Yamazaki Masakazu

Title: Nō jōruri kabuki / Yamamoto Jirō, Tokue Gensei hen.

Title: World theater; the structure and meaning of drama (inside Zeami's Kiyotsun is described)

Sound Recording (Phonodisc) @ Sinclair Wong A/V
Title: Kiyotsune / ji Kondō Kennosuke, Tosaka Takeo [sound recording]

·      Web site on Kiyotsune play with bilingual story plot

·      “A Study of Life and Death in Noh Play Kiyotsune” (research paper on Kiyotsune)

Opportunity to see Noh masters perform in Honolulu

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Outreach College Presents

The Samurai Warrior on the Noh Stage
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Orvis Auditorium
Saturday, February 7, 2015 • 7:30pm

Two of the most respected young Noh actors, Munenori and Fumiyuki Takeda, present excerpts of the warrior play Kiyotsune.  Written by Zeami (1363-1443), who is considered the foremost writer of Noh, Kiyotsune tells a tale of Taira no Kiyotsune.  Distraught to be on the losing side of the Gempei War, Kiyotsune commits suicide.  He returns, in ghost form, to his wife who is distraught that he failed keep his promise to return to her.  The two share their longing and vent their resentments.  Kiyotsune recounts his final days and existence in hell until his prayers release him and he enters the Western Paradise of Amida Buddha.    

About the artists
Munenori Takeda has performed on the Noh stage since the age of two.  He is part of a prestigious family of Noh actors belonging to the Kanze school of Noh, which traces its roots to the 1300s. Munenori's father, grandfather, and several of his uncles are all certified as "Living National Treasures" in Japan.  He is active in promoting Noh for the young and for wider audiences, giving workshops, seminars, and performances involving audience participation. His magnetic stage presence has won him fans well beyond the confines of the Noh world, and he is widely recognized as one of the most talented young Noh performers.

Cousin to Munenori, Fumiyuki Takeda first took the stage at age three.  His father is also a “Living National Treasure” and a major figure in the Kanze School of Noh Theater.  In 2008, Fumiyuki and fellow Noh performers born in 1977 formed the “Nanaju Nana Nen Kai” (literally, the ‘1977 Club’). The group has given many performances and workshops, gaining wide popularity.

Tickets are available: on line at, by phone at 944-2697, or at the Stan Sheriff Center and UH Mānoa Campus Center box offices.  Service charges apply.  Advance sales end at midnight the day prior to the performance. At the door sales begin 1 hour before performance begins.  For more information, call 956-8246.

Presented by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Outreach College in association with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Theatre & Dance and Music Departments, Maui Arts & Cultural Center and the Performing Arts Presenters of Hawaii.  Supported in part by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"Robots in Hawaii" Art Contest Winners

What would Robots in Hawaii look like?
Here are some winning depictions.

by Ayden Sato
Enchanted Lake Elementary - Grade:3

by Ikaika C.V.A. Crookes
Noelani Elementary - Grade:5

 by Charlie Matsumoto
Mililani Ike Elementary - Grade:5

 by Rachelle Marie Lariba
Kapolei Middle - Grade:8

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Art contest entry drop off locations

Art contest entries can be dropped off at UH Manoa Outreach College Sinclair Library Room 301, Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm.  Entries can also be dropped off at the following Oahu Public Libraries.  Please check the Hawaii State Public Library System website for updated hours of operation.

Deadline to turn in your entry is Friday, December 6, 2013.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Intergalactic Nemesis Art Contest

Students, from second grade through college!  Here's your chance to win tickets to Intergalactic Nemesis Book 2: Robot Planet Rising.  It's a live-action graphic novel being performed at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Kennedy Theatre on Sunday, January 19, 2014. 

Here's what you have to do. 
- On an 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper, draw your idea of “Robots in Hawaii.” Artwork must be original. (No cutting and pasting.)
- Print your name and grade level on the back of the drawing
- Staple a completed entry form to the drawing.  (Forms can be downloaded from HERE.)
 - Submit your drawing and entry form to a participating Oahu public library by December 6, 2013.

The artwork will be judged on:
 - Creativity
 - Originality
 - Use of theme

One winner will be chosen in each of the following categories:
 - Grades 2 - 3
 - Grades 4 - 5
 - Grades 6 - 8
 - Grades 9 - 12
 - College

Winners will be notified by December 23, 2013. Judges decisions are final.  Each winner will receive 2 tickets to the Intergalactic Nemesis, Book Two: Robot Planet Rising performance at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Kennedy Theatre on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

By submitting an entry, you grant UHM Outreach College permission and full rights to display you artwork.  The University is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Intergalactic Nemesis Book Two poster

Intergalactic Nemesis Book 2 Show Information

EVENT NAME:  THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS Live-Action Graphic Novel Book Two: Robot Planet Rising

VENUE: UHM Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd. Honolulu, HI 96822  


DATES/TIMES: Sunday, January 19, 2014; 2:00pm

DESCRIPTION: THEY'RE BACK!!! Last season we presented a whole new form of theatre, the Live-Action Graphic Novel, with The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth. Now, that production is in the midst of a multi-year world tour. They've been featured on NPR and CONAN. So it is with extreme pride that we present the sequel.

Just like for Book One, the creators have taken the artwork from an original comic-book story, removed the word balloons, and then project that art panel-by-panel on our two-story-high video screen while three actors voice all the characters, one performer creates all the sound-effects, and a keyboardist performs the score. LIVE.

This time Molly Sloan must rescue robot emissary Elbee-Dee-Oh who is lost in deep space, her former fiancé Dr. Lawrence Webster has miraculously arrived on Robonovia, the Cerebretron is malfunctioning, Timmy has only just begun to master his telekinetic powers and much more!
For the kid in everyone!

TICKETS: Tickets are available on line at, by phone at 944-2697, or visit any UH Ticket outlet (Stan Sheriff Center and the UH Mānoa Campus Center ticket office). Service charges apply. Advance sales end at midnight the day prior to the performance. At the door sales begin 1 hour before performance begins.

PHONE: 956-8246
TWITTER: @UHManoaPresents

A production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College. Part of a Performing Arts Presenters of Hawaii tour. Partial funding provided by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Western States Arts Federation.