San Francisco’s Theatre of Yugen has presented its award-winning repertory of Noh and Kyogen song, dance and theatre to great acclaim. Opening the door to Japan Kyogen invokes laughter that is based on auspicious words, satire, and humor and uses Japanese feudal society and folk tales as its main themes. 

assembly Program: 

Noh- Kyogen: Then and Now

Grades: K-12 - Pricing: $1,050

Bringing this culturally specific yet still-relevant 600 year old art form with colorful costumes and stock characters, Theater of Yugen opens the door to Japan's classical theater with traditional Kyogen plays performed in English.  Humorous plays involving situations where servants get the best of their masters and wives gain the upper hand over their husbands produce embarrassing and unexpected results.

workshop programs:

Welcome to Kyogen

Grades: 4-12 - Pricing: $175/Session

This workshop offers the basics in Kyogen movement and song.  Students learn the value of physical focus, the fundamentals of singing and chanting.

Kyogen Passport

Grades: 6-12 - Pricing: $185/Session

Artists introduce students to four genres of traditional Japanese theater--the highly stylized Noh musical theater, Kyogen classical comic theater, the melodramatic Kabuki, and Bunraku, a highly sophisticated form of puppetry. The workshop includes learning about the Noh stage, costumes and masks, movements and key vocabulary terms in Japanese.  

Residency programs:

Little Bunnies

Grades: K-4 - Pricing: $110/Session (5 session minimum)

This residency offers students a chance to learn a basic Kyogen dance, “Usagi” (“Rabbit” in Japanese).  Each lesson begins with a calm moment of focus, bowing, and greeting one another.  Students learn the fundamentals of Kyogen movement and song, including proper posture, Japanese vocabulary, and focus.  They learn a fun dance that teaches how to be expressive with the entire body.

Crazy For Words

Grades: 4-12 - Pricing $110/Session

'Crazy for Words' is a literal translation of the word Kyogen. Students create their own characters and dramatic scenarios and create a contemporary comic play.  The company then performs the final play for the students, allowing them to see their ideas come to life in the hands of theater professionals.