Welcome to the new INI International Noh Institute website.
Noh, Japan’s performing art combining dance, music, drama, poetry and masks, is the world’s oldest extant performance tradition. Noh is a living art: originating in the fourteenth century from the confluence of various pre-existent genres, it has been transmitted uninterruptedly by generations of performers who continuously developed its techniques and aesthetics. Its plays portray a world where the boundaries of past, present, and future blur and our consciousness of memory, the moment, and anticipation of what is to come unite. The exceptional experience of such a moment is a primary reason for the appeal of Noh. In this singular environment, the spirits of elegant ladies and fierce warriors, gods and goddesses, flowering plants and demons appear and share nostalgic memories of their desires and attachments, and seek for solace and redemption.
Founded in 1986, the International Noh Institute offers training in chant (utai), dance and mimetic movement (shimai), and mask carving with Udaka Michishige, Master-actor of the Kongō School of Noh and master Noh mask carver. Since then, Michishige has taught students from all walks of life: actors, dancers, designers, mask makers, musicians, psychologists and scholars, from all over the world through INI programs. Take a look around and find out about our Noh training and performance activities in Japan and in the world. Check out our blog section where you will find the latest news on events, lectures, practice sessions and more. Subscribe to this website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to make sure you never miss an update. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about our activities!