Divine dance, ritual dance,
'Sambasô' revives Japan’s mythical origins which are also those of traditional Japanese theatre: a dive into the past at a time when goddess Amaterasu brought light back to a world of darkness, to the sound of drums. Continuing the transmission of performing arts, Sambasô ritual dance is performed by three generations of the Nomura family of actors who glorify and revolutionize the “kyôgen” tradition, a human and witty counterpart to Nô dramas and ghosts. Hiroshi Sugimoto’s stage design is led by a similar radical act. The program is completed with a kyôgen bearing a paradoxical title “Tsukimizatô” (The Blind Man Admiring the Moon) where laughing and cheerful singing reveal the darkness of humankind, in the past and nowadays.
conception & scénographie Hiroshi Sugimoto
With Mansaku NomuraMansai NomuraYûki Nomura