One of the first women to act as a lead performer in a traditional Noh lineage, Hisa Uzawa is a prominent member of the Tessenkai branch of the Kanze School of Noh theater in Tokyo. She has been designated as a ‘‘Living Cultural Treasure’’ by the Japanese government. She and her daughter, Hikaru, will introduce the dynamics and techniques of the 650-year tradition that lies at the heart of the Noh theater.
The Uzawas will perform climactic dance sequences from two major warrior plays, and present behind-the-scenes details of chanting, choreography, elaborate costumes, masks. Noh theater combines music, dance, and acting in order to communicate emotions and Buddhist themes. An intimate glimpse of one of the world’s major performing arts traditions.