Performers

Produced by Tenrai

“Inanna’s descent to the nether world” is directed and produced by Tenrai. Tenrai was formed to inherit and expand the mission of the NPO Organization with the same name that was formed in 2002 and dissoluted in 2013. The NPO Tenrai’s role was to stage nohgaku (noh and kyogen) performances and to bring to a wider audience. The Tenrai now broadens this role and brings together classical theatre art and other art and theatrical art forms. Tenrai is preparing to register as an NPO organization with the Tokyo metropolitan government in 2016.

Performers

Marea Mizuki : Goddess Inanna

Her diverse studies of shamisen (Classical Japanese string instrument), noh (Japanese ancient theatre art), modern dance and middle eastern dance blend magically in Marea's unique dance form. Her creations evolve around the themes "sound and the human body, time". Having extensive relationships with various artists, Marea has performed with many renowned dancers and musicians. Her career has taken her to perform in London, San Francisco and New York. In 2009, Marea formed the dance company Camalehoju, in Ginza, Tokyo.
[Works]
RENKIN –Alchemy- Suginami Public Hall, Tokyo (2009)
SEN NO KAWA -A Thousand Rivers- Asahi Art Square, Tokyo (2012)
BREATH Le Bain, Tokyo & Asahi Art Square, Tokyo (2014)
http://www.camalehoju.jp/

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Kousuke Tsuji : Voice of Inanna

Tsuji is a versatile singer focusing on 16th century Italian music often Translated by himself. He has performed in ”Orpheus’s descent to the nether world” (produced by Noboru Yasuda) and played Orpheus in “Orpheus” (directed by Satoshi Miyagi). He is a member of the medieval musical performance group “Jongleur bon musicien” and “Toshi gakushi project” (a group of musicians who add the element of music and sound to architectural spaces and cities, formed in 2008). Tsuji leads performance groups such as “Namban Musica” who specialize in ancient music and “nemo concertato” where he brings together music of various ages and genres. Tsuji’s seminars about renaissance music theory and practice based on solmization attract a wide audience. Tsuji graduated from Kunitachi College of Music, majoring in Musicology, and finished the training course at the Research Institute of the same college. He underwent vocal training with Masato Makino, Claudio Cavina and Vincenzo Manno and performance theory with Diego Fratelli. Tsuji also attended the ancient music department at Scuola Musicale di Milano and at the Milano Civica Scuola di Musica.

Yumehina Hyakki : Ereshkigal, goddess of the nether world

Yumehina perfects the movements of life size dolls while wearing a mask herself and makes a magical breathtaking addition to any stage performance. Her unparalleled art style, often of a Japanese nature, is a simple yet aesthetic unity of music, movement and dance. Her performances have taken her around Japan and the world and she has also appeared in TV shows and films. She studied under Yoshikazu Okamoto. Yumehina is originally from Kagoshima and currently resides in Ina, Nagano.
http://www.yumehina.net/

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Noboru Yasuda : Voice of Ereshkigal, narration

Yasuda is a Noh performing artist (Waki;Shimogakari-houshou-ryu). He performs in Tokyo and at frequent overseas expeditions. His performances include reciting stories and poems and narrations. Yasuda organizes the Terakoya (a learning session open to the public) “Yuugakujyuku” twice a month in Hiroo, Tokyo and in other areas in Japan. Yasuda is also a prolific writer, “Ikai wo tabi suru nou” (Travelling to another world through Noh), “Awai no chikara”, “Nihonjin no Shintai” (The Japanese body) and many more.
http://www.watowa.net/

Kayoko Suzuki : Ninshubur, Inanna's minister

Kayoko studies with Marea Mizuki. She teaches bellydance at culture centres and Camalehoju Atelier in Ginza. New classes start in April 2015.

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Nanafuku Tamagawa : Voice of Ninshubur, shamisen (Japanese string instrument)

Nanafuku is a Roukyoku(traditional story telling)and Shamisen artist, performing in and around Tokyo. She also produces many Roukyoku events including “Tamagawa fukutaro no Tettei Tenpou Suikoden (5 episodes)”, “Tamagawa Fukutaro no Roukyoku Eiyuu Retsuden (5 episodes)” and many more. Nanafuku also composes Roukyoku, and collaborates widely with other musical and art styles and genres. She also appeared in “Namii to Utaeba” directed by Seiichi Motohashi.
http://tamamiho55.seesaa.net/

Kentaro Okutsu : Gate Keeper of the nether world, narration

Kentaro Okutsu is a Nohgaku Kyogen performer of Izumi-Ryu Group, born in 1972. He studied under the late 13th Nomura matasaburo Nobuhiro (Nobuhiro is a general holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property). Okutsu graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in Kyogen. He is active in diverse areas, performing in classical and modern theatre, leading workshops and lecturing at elementary schools, universities and to the public. Okutsu also studies the art of making Noh-masks under Yoshiko Ishihara, a Noh-mask craftsman and teacher, and creates and restores Noh-masks. Okutsu is Director of the Performance "Enjoying Kyogen with children and parents" (sponsored by Meguro Ward) and is a member of “Kyogen Yarumai Kai” and “Nohgaku performers association”. He also lectures at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. He currently lives in Meguro Ward, Tokyo.

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Katsuaki Kouzai : Jigashira (Chorus leader)

Kouzai is a conductor born in Hiroshima. He studied music with Akira and Chiaki Takayama, and studied the trumpet with Yuuichi Matsuzaki, Fujio Nakayama, Yukihiro Sekiyama, C. Gordon and C. Leech. Greatly influenced by Chorus conductor Fumiaki Kuriyama and poet Tetsuzo Tsuburai, Kouzai turns to conducting in 1986 and studies the Saito conducting method under Masamitsu Takahashi. Kouzai graduated from The Kunitachi College of Music in 1994. During his years there he performed in orchestras, brass bands, choruses and also conducted. Katsutoshi has lead chorus groups in China, Germany, Croatia and the Czech Republic. He is a member of the chorus organization, Ongakuju and is a lecturer at Tenrai and Asahi Culture schools in the Tokyo area. Kouzai is currently extending his studies at the ATST Alexander technique teacher-training program.

Satoshi Tsukitaku : Nohkan (Japanese flute)

Satoshi Tsukitaku is a Nohgaku Morita-ryu flutist. He is a member of the Nohgaku performers association and Nihon Nohgaku Kai. Born in Shimane, Tusukitaku studied with the late Hiroyuki Terai and Akira Nakatani (both are general holders of important intangible cultural property) at the National Noh Theatre training project. He currently lives in Setagaya, Tokyo.

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Tomoko Mino : Lyre

Mino was born in Fukuoka. She was first introduced to the lyre at the Waldorf kindergarten her son was attending in Germany, where she lived with her family for over eight years, during which she also studied the lyre. Her extensive repertoire includes classical, Celt music, medieval music and her original pieces. Mino is known for her calm and therapeutic performances.
CD: "Leier's Prayer" and others
http://www14.ocn.ne.jp/~leier/

Camalehoju : Dance and percussion

Dance Company formed by Marea Mizuki, based in Ginza, Tokyo.

カマレホウジュ
(In alphabetical order)
Ami Fujiwara
Ayumi Higuchi (+ percussion)
Asami Matsumoto
Masayuki Mori (percussion)
Setsuko Moritani
Nadiah
Michiyo Oda

Tenrai chorus

(In alphabetical order) Ritsu Akihama, Eiiti Hanyuda, Wakako Ishikura, Junko Ito, Michie Kojima , Kiko Matsuyama, Masanari Motohasi, Yoshifumi Nakagawa, Arika Sasame, Kenichi Shimura, Ato Shingai, Mineko Shingai, Toshityuki Tanaka, Nami Uryu, Koh Yamashita

Haruki Sasame (Kokata)

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