Noh actor Atsuyoshi Asano assists student Dawn Dailey with her costume in a previous year’s production.
(Photo: Georgetown News-Graphic, Nancy Royden)

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – A real treat is in store for everyone who attends Georgetown College’s Noh workshop recital Thursday evening in John L. Hill Chapel.

The 7 p.m. recital is open to the public. There is no admission charge.

Students Max Terril, Dawn Dailey, and Becca Nicholson, who are completing the workshop led by Atsuyoshi Asano, a 14th generation professional Noh actor from the Kyoto Kanze School of Noh in Japan, will perform short dances from classic noh plays.

That will be followed by a presentation of the play “makiginu” (rolls of silk) performed in full mask and costume by GC Professor of Japanese Michael Rich, Patricia Pringle, and Asano Sensei. Synopsis of makiginu.

Asano Sensei was artist in residence at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Theatre in 2010-2011, and at Georgetown College’s Modern and Classical Languages and Culture (MCLC) and Art in 2012-2013.

He has been teaching students in Kentucky Noh theatre since 2009 and also taught a course at GC creating noh masks.

Noh theatre was listed by UNESCO in its first round of designations of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2001. It is the world’s oldest continuously performed theatrical art.

The Noh theatre workshop is supported by Georgetown College and gifts from Isabel F. Sewell and Lithotype Co. The workshop was first introduced to Georgetown College in 2007.