22-25 January 2019
During a very busy ‘student’ working week Jannette participated in the delivery of a noh writing workshop at the invitation of Margaret (Jiggs) Coldiron. Jannette found her time (almost four days) with the students inspiring - especially their positive attitude to the project, dedication to understanding as much as they could about the art form and their keen interest to produce exciting original work in such a short time. Jannette felt each of the students’ projects had such great potential and was very moved by their storytelling skills and engagement with the project theme (we chose the same theme as Between the Stones, i.e. ‘finding peace and love from tragic loss’…)
Congratulations to all the students on their achievements and many thanks to Jiggs for the kind invitation to work with the 2nd year BA World Performance students at East 15 Acting School.
The project focused on some key principles of storytelling as applied to noh, but giving the students the flexibility to perform their work in a musical genre of their own choice… demonstrating how cultural fusion can occur through this form of storytelling… and with such fascinating results!
The students performing their original work inspired by noh:
East 15 Getting to Noh Project: Three students’ detailed feedback:-
This short project was designed to introduce students to the key elements of writing for noh and to have a close up and interactive experience of how a new noh begins its journey. Working in small groups students were also asked to create a short piece using their own work drawing on what they have learned about storytelling and how this evolves from the page to the stage in a classical art form working with the theme: finding beauty, peace and love from tragic loss, but using their own musical genre as applied to either a newly created michiyuki ‘travel song’ or kuse ‘central song’.