Renowned Kyogen Company Returns to Japan Society


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A Night of Kyogen with Mansaku Nomura and Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company

Thursday, December 10 through Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)

Tickets – Regular tickets for Dececmber 10 Performance: $55/$45 Japan Society members
Regular tickets for December 11 Performance: $55/$45 Japan Society members
Thursday, December 10 Gala tickets and Saturday, December 12 regular tickets are SOLD OUT. Please call the box office at 212.715.1258 on Monday, December 7 to check availability.

Japan Society is bringing Mansaku Nomura and Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company back to New York for three special performances.

A Night of Kyogen with Mansaku Nomura and Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company celebrates the Mansaku Nomura Family, and its long-standing relationship with Japan Society, that began half a century ago when Mansaku, with his father, Manzo Nomura, came to the United States to introduce American audiences to the art of kyogen, Japan’s highly stylized traditional comedic theater that began in the mid-14th century and has been passed down for more than 600 years. Octogenarian Living National Treasure Mansaku Nomura, together with illustrious members of the Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company, including Mansaku’s son Mansai Nomura, star of stage, film and television, and masterful performer Yukio Ishida, return to Japan Society in a special evening of kyogen, a form that embraces human imperfection.

This unique program features three pieces: Mansaku Nomura’s virtuosic performance of four distinct characters in the vigorous solo piece, Nasu no Yoichi no Katari (The Tale of Yoichi of Nasu), based on a serious episode from The Tale of the Heike, Japan’s most recognized story of battle; the dynamic and sweeping Akutaro (Akutaro Reforms), starring Mansai Nomura, about a troublemaker’s surprising and action-packed journey to repentance; and the delightful popular play Bonsan (The Dwarf Tree Thief), which follows a foolish thief with a penchant for bonsai trees. Performed in Japanese with English titles.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Japan Society’s website.


  • Pre-performance lecture begins at 6:30pm, prior to each performance. Led by Dr. Carolyn Morley, Professor of Japanese Literature and Theater at Wellesley College. Open and free for ticket holders only.
  • Kyogen Movement Workshop for Kids
    Saturday, December 12, 10:30 a.m. until noon
    Led by members of the Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company, kids will enjoy a craft activity before becoming immersed in the world of traditional Japanese theater. Participants will learn about traditional Japanese theater through basic greetings, movements and the acting out of fun animals that appear in kyogen. Maximum 20 participants. Open to participants ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult. Participants must wear comfortable clothing.
    Tickets: $20/$17 Japan Society members (Tickets required for participating children only).
  • Kyogen Workshop: Movement + Voice
    Saturday, December 12, 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
    Mansai Nomura and members of the Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company teach a workshop on the unique movements and vocalization found in kyogen, Japan’s traditional theater form originally performed between noh acts for comic relief. Maximum 30 participants. Professional dance/movement experience required. Participants must wear socks and activewear (no jeans).
    Tickets: $55/$50 Japan Society members. Observer tickets may become available when participant tickets sell out.