Workshop: Traditional Theater Training, Kyoto (summer 2018)

This summer is the 34th annual Traditional Theater Training (T.T.T.) 2018, held at the Kyoto Art Center.

T.T.T. is a three-week summer intensive training program that introduces the traditional arts of noh, kyogen, and Nihonbuyo. There is also an optional kotsuzumi (noh shoulder drum) course open to those interested. The program is based on the practice-recital approach, and aims to allow participants from all over the world to learn the skills and spirit of traditional performing arts. Each year, we welcome around 24 students, professional performing artists, and academics from at least ten countries, including Japan.

This year’s program will take place from July 18th to August 10thWe are accepting applications now until April 30th, 2018Application forms and other information can be found here. Applicants will be notified of the results no later than the end of May (those requiring letters of invitation/support to help secure funding should contact me directly).

The instructors will be Katayama Shingo, Tamoi Hiromichi, and Oe Nobuyuki (noh); Shigeyama Akira, Maruishi Yasushi, and Shigeyama Doji (kyogen); and Wakayagi Yayoi and pupils (Nihonbuyo). Fluency in Japanese is not required of participants, though lessons will typically be given in the language (with interpreters on hand). Our final recital will be held in Japan’s oldest commerical family noh theater, participants professionally dressed.

For more information, contact Kyoto Art Center (in Japanese or English) at, or contact me directly. You may also call +81 (0)75-213-1000 or visit the KAC website at 

We hope to see many of you (and your students) in Kyoto this summer! In the meantine, you can also find us on Facebook.

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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