Lecture and Demonstration of the Work of Noh Mask Creator Kitazawa Hideta

Kitazawa Hideta , Noh Mask Designer and Carver

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The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University invites you to a lecture and demonstration of the work of noh mask creator Kitazawa Hideta 

HIDETA KITAZAWA (Mask Design and Carving) Born February 4th 1968, Hideta chose to follow his father's footsteps and become a second generation woodcarving artist. In 1991 after graduating from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology with a major in Forest Management, he went on tobegin intensive woodcarving studies with his father Ikkyou Kitazawa. Since that time, he has received a number of awards including the Outstanding Youth Artesian Award for Tokyo 1997 and the Yokohama Noh Drama Hall Director's Prize in 2003. In addition to carving traditional Noh and Kyogen masks from the standard repertoire, he has also created several new masks fusing the aesthetics of Noh with the aesthetics of the West. Most notable among these are his masks for the original Noh play in English by playwright Greg Giovanni, Pine Barrens. David Crandall's Crazy Jane has also benefited from Kitazawa's unique ability to create a new mask utilizing traditional carving techniques. Most recently his masks appeared throughout the UK and in France with the Noh play in English penned by Jannette Cheong entitled Pagoda. He has exhibited his works both nationally and internationally and his carvings of Shinto floats and o-mikoshi are in current use throughout Japan's Kanto area. His masks are also used extensively by a number of noh and kyogen professionals.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm
Building 250 - Room 101, EALC Library

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures