Noh Master Class with Toshinori Hamada

Friday, Oct 6, 2017

Noh Theater master class with Toshinori Hamada. A part of Patricia Beaman's Dance History class, taken by 2nd year Bachelor's students and 1st year Master's students.

Open to non-Majors with permission by instructor.

DANC-UT 106 History of Dance I, 3 credits

DANC-GT 2102 Graduate Dance History, 3 credits


Toshinori Hamada, a Japanese dance and theatre specialist, was schooled in a Buddhist monastery in Japan. He studied and performed as a Kabuki actor, and then in Noh theatre in Tokyo under the direction of Master Junosuke Watanabe. He holds a black belt in Kyokushin Karate. He has written, directed, and produced several award winning independent films including Dream on Flatbed and My Master. As a guest artist and teacher he has performed his unique East/West fusion aesthetic throughout the United States and internationally. He is a principal dancer and co-choreographer with the BALAM Dance Theatre, where he originated the role of Rahwana, the demon king in the Ramayana, and choreographed Sunda Upasunda, inspired by the Mahabharata, which toured throughout Bali with the Semara Ratih gamelan. Currently, he is work-shopping his original music-drama, Wind Chime, inspired by a heroic story from the 2011 tsunami disaster and Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant meltdown.