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ROHM Theatre Kyoto Program


Heritage and Creation

The Magic of Kongo Dance

2024.2.23 (FRI)

Theatre South Hall
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Immerse yourself in Kongo Dance through
the Noh “Shakkyo” and maibayashi of “Midare” and “Yuki” of the Kongo style of Noh

※An English audio guide is available for free.
English Audio Guide Pre-Registration Form

The performance style of the Kongo school, the only one of the five shite-kata (main performer) schools of Noh whose head is based outside of Tokyo, is known as “mai-Kongo,” literally “dance Kongo.” The dance of the Kongo school includes contrasting performance styles of thrilling “dynamic” movement and graceful “elegance.” This program will immerse you in the magic of “dance Kongo” through Noh and maibayshi, a Noh excerpt by an actor in formal wear (rather than costume and mask), accompanied by the musical ensemble and chorus, and featuring the main dance to the ensemble of flute and drums. The two lions of the Noh “Shakkyo'' will be performed by Hisanori Kongo, 26th head of the Kongo school, and his son Tatsunori. The maibayashi “Midare (Shōjō Midare),’' features a drunken sea creature, and “Yuki,” unique to the Kongo school, the spirit of snow which performs stamps without sound as she dances. Also, look forward to enjoying the stage space designed by artist Makoto Ofune for this event.


2024.2.23 (FRI)

Venue : South Hall


Noh “SHAKKYO”:Hisanori Kongo/Tatsunori Kongo
Maibayashi “Midare”: Tatsunori Kongo
Maibayashi “Yuki”: Hisanori Kongo

Hisanori Kongo (26th Kongo School Grand Master)

Hisanori Kongo (26th Kongo School Grand Master)

Born in 1951, he trained from childhood with his father, Kongo Iwao. In 1998 he succeeded his father to become the 26th head of the Kongo school of shite-kata, or main actors. He has received many awards from Kyoto City and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology for his efforts in contributing to the advancement and development of noh theatre. In 2023 he was designated a Living National Treasure representing Noh as an intangible cultural property. Of the heads of the five noh schools, he is the only one who is based in Kyoto.

Tatsunori Kongo (Kongo School Young Grand Master)

Tatsunori Kongo (Kongo School Young Grand Master)

Born in 1988, he studied under his father, Hisanori, as well as his grandfather. He graduated from Doshisha University and is a part-time lecturer at the Kyoto City University of Arts. He has received awards from Kyoto City and Kyoto Prefecture for his efforts in promoting noh. He has been recognized as a Representative of an Intangible Culture Property.

Makoto Ofune(Art and scenography)

Born in 1977, he graduated from the Department of Fine Arts of Kyoto University of Education in 2000 specializing in Japanese-style painting. Using traditional materials, he creates unique experiences through the interaction of his works, spaces, and people. He has held many exhibitions, receiving acclaim both in Japan and internationally.


ROHM Theatre Kyoto TEL.075-746-3201



2023.11.11 (SAT)

Tickets on Sale

2023.11.18 (SAT)

Tickets Available from

  • ROHM Theatre Kyoto Online Tickets
  • ROHM Theatre Kyoto Box Office[窓口・電話 TEL.075-746-3201(10:00~17:00、年中無休 ※臨時休館日等により変更の場合あり)]
  • Kyoto Concert Hall Box Office[TEL.075-711-3231 (10:00~17:00 closed on the 1st and the 3rd Mondays, and the following Tuesday in case 1st or 3rd Monday is a national holiday) ]


English Audio Guide Pre-Registration Form

For Hearing-Impaired Audiences
Portable Caption Devices and Text-Based Support
Portable devices for viewing captions and stage surtitles (written descriptions) are available. They allow audiences to follow the dialogue in a written format and also display descriptions of sound effects, noises, and music. Audiences can watch what is happening onstage while referring to the displayed text.

Hearing Loop
A hearing loop (also known as an audio induction loop) is a system for amplifying onstage sounds by relaying them from a transmitter to special headset. Audiences who use telecoil hearing aids or cochlear implants can receive the sounds from the transmitter without the special headset.

Babysitting Services

Childcare Service
Childcare is available for audiences with young children so that they can better enjoy performances. Information on how and when to reserve will be available here.
For ages: from 3 months up to school age
Fee: ¥1,000 (per person and performance)
Fee may vary for certain performances.

For further information and reservations, please see each production page.
Childcare services are not available for certain performances.