Art & Design

NOH UNMASKED - Hideta Kitazawa

17 - 25 February 2017, Various

The Japan Foundation London are delighted to present, in partnership with the ‘Noh time like the present... ‘ Project Team, maskmaker and Shinto Temple carver - Hideta Kitazawa.


Hideta chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a second-generation woodcarving artist. In 1991, after graduating from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology with a major in Forestry Studies, he went on to begin intensive woodcarving studies with his father Ikkyou Kitazawa. Since then, he has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the ‘Outstanding Young Artisan Award’ for Tokyo in 1997, and the Yokohama, Noh Drama Theatre Director’s Prize in 2003.


Hideta’s visit has been designed to coincide with the ‘Noh time like the present...’ programme due to take place over two evenings at LSO St Luke’s on 24-25 February 2017. This will be not only a rare opportunity to experience the 650-yearold art of noh, and the genius of classical noh performer Akira Matsui as part of a bold collaboration with western opera, theatre, ballet, music and poetry, but also to observe Kitazawa’s masks in performance. The very purpose for which they exist.


Hideta Kitazawa will visit the UK from 16-25 February 2017 to provide a series of lectures/demonstration workshops on the making and role of Noh masks at the following locations:


2017 UK Tour Dates:


17 February
Sainsbury Institute for Japan Arts and Cultures, Norwich

18-20 February
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford


21 February
Foyles Bookshop, London


22 February
Durham University Oriental Museum


23 February
East 15 Acting School (Drama Students only), Southend


24 February
Dublin City University, Dublin


17 - 25 February 2017

Various locations (see above)


The Japan Foundation & 'Noh time like the present...'