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ROHM Theatre Kyoto 5th Anniversary Program

ROHM Theatre Kyoto Traditional Theatre as Contemporary Performing Arts Series Vol. 4: Gagaku

2021.1.10 (SUN)

Music Dance Main Hall
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Contemporary dance meets and renews the traditions of the classical Japanese music of Gagaku. Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the theatre, this is a uniquely Kyoto kind of collaboration!

This is a special collaborative performance to mark five years since the opening of ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Launched in 2017, it is the fourth iteration of the ROHM Theatre Kyoto Traditional Theatre as Contemporary Performing Arts Series, which aims to create and pass on traditional forms of the performing arts. Reigakusha, a music group that actively works with both classical and contemporary pieces, collaborates with Jo Kanamori, the artistic director of RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center and its resident company, Noism Company Niigata, to explore an entirely new form of gagaku. The results will draw out fresh allure of gagaku and exemplify a truly Kyoto style of discovering the new in the old. The first half is a performance of gagaku by Reigakusha and Kyoto-based gagaku group Otonowakai. The second half is a collaboration between Noism0 and Reigakusha.


2021.1.10 (SUN)

Sunday 10 January 2021 (2pm)

Venue : Main Hall


Music: Reigakusha, Otonowakai
Directed and Choreographed by Jo Kanamori
Performed by Noism0

Part 1: Gagaku Celebrating Five Years of ROHM Theatre Kyoto
Performers: Reigakusha, Otonowakai
“Kinkarinzetsu” by Sukeyasu Shiba (Reigakusha)
Sojononetori, Saibara “Atarashii toshi” (Reigakusha)
Shomyo “Fugensan,” Bugaku “Ryoo”

Part 2: Zanei no Niwa—Garden of Traces
Music Performer: Reigakusha
Directed and Choreographed by Jo Kanamori
Dance: Noism0
“Shuteigaichigu” by Toru Takemitsu (Reigakusha + Noism0)


Photo : T.Tairadate

A Gagaku musical performance group founded by Japan Art Academy Order of Culture recipient Sukeyasu Shiba (1935–2019). Since its launch, the group has been involved in a wide range of activities at home and abroad, such as performing modern works in addition to existing classical Gagaku, reconstructing obsolete pieces from the repertoire, and performing with replicas of Nara-period instruments in the collection of the Shoso-in treasure house. Independent performances include numerous premieres of newly commissioned works in the style of both contemporary and classical Gagaku. The group also works towards the understanding and spread of Gagaku by holding accessible concerts, and implements many educational programs such as workshops aimed at elementary, junior high, and high school students, lecture concerts, and more. With performances of works such as “Shuteiga Ichigu” (In an Autumn Garden), the group garnered the Special Prize of Kenzo Nakajima Music Award in 2002, the top prize in the Record Division at the National Arts Festival of 2002, and the 16th Keizo Saji Prize in 2016.

Photo: Kishin Shinoyama

Artistic Director, RYUTOPIA Dance Division
Artistic Director, Noism Company Niigata
Choreographer, Dancer

Jo Kanamori is a theatre director, choreographer, and dancer. He is the artistic director of the RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center Dance Division and its resident dance company, Noism Company Niigata. Moving to Europe when he was 17 years old, he studied under Maurice Béjart and others. He made his debut as a director and choreographer aged 20 while enrolled at the Nederlands Dans Theater. After 10 years of working for several dance companies in Europe, he returned to Japan and established Noism, Japan’s first resident dance company at a public art center, in 2004. His many accolades include the prestigious Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology Award, the Niigata Nippo Culture Award, and the Mainichi Art Award.

Official website

Noism0 "Mirror in the mirror" Photo: Nobunobu Shinoyama

Noism is Japan’s first dance company to have a residency at a theatre, basing its activities at the RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center. The company was founded in 2004, after the director, choreographer, and dancer Jo Kanamori was appointed artistic director of RYUTOPIA’s Dance Division. It is split into three divisions: Noism0, comprising selected professional dancers; Noism1, consisting of professional dancers; and Noism2, for apprentices. Based in Niigata, Noism1 has been active in a variety of places both in Japan and abroad, working with Moscow’s Chekhov International Theatre Festival and performing at the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto. Noism2 participates in many events held in the prefecture, and has been increasingly active in the region. Based in Niigata yet actively internationally, Noism0 conveys the expression that only artists can create, not only through dance techniques but also accumulated age and experience. With its global outlook and the dancers’ overpowering bodies and sharp critical minds behind it, the company’s work has been attracting prominence from all quarters as a new model for Japanese theatre culture in the twenty-first century.

Noism = no-ism
The twentieth century featured much experimentation: research and studies were done in all art forms, giving birth to many isms. But in the twenty-first century, Noism’s aim is not to find yet another new specific ism that would deny the possibilities of other isms. Instead, the company aims for “no-ism.” By having no specific ism, we accept and re-study those different isms that have appeared in the past from predecessors, and find whatever the tools needed in order to create something that emphasizes quality over “originality.”

Founded in 1996 in Kyoto, Otonowakai is a music group dedicated to playing gagaku, a traditional form of Japanese music with a history of over a thousand years. It has continued to pass on the timeless spirit of gagaku, performing at various prestigious events at both the national and international levels. In addition to performances and concerts, Otonowakai is also engaged with outreach and education about gagaku at schools around Japan, ensuring that the next generation can share in the remarkable wonder of the music.

Presented by Kyoto City, ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation)

Special Sponsor: The Inamori Foundation


ROHM Theatre Kyoto  TEL:075-746-3201


Ticket Prices

Reserved seating
S seats: ¥5,000
A seats: ¥3,000
On sale: Sunday 27 September 2020
Available for the ROHM Theatre Kyoto 5th Anniversary Program Ticket Set
In order to broaden accessibility for younger generations as part of the special program of events organized for the fifth anniversary of ROHM Theatre Kyoto, complimentary tickets for people aged 25 and younger are currently under consideration.

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) ]

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