The Art of Laughter: Kyogen

Lecture & Performance


The acclaimed Ohkura School Kyogen actors Daijiro Zenchiku, Noriyoshi Ohkura, and Shinkai Yoshida will perform the popular and humorous “Busu.”

The performance will be preceded by presentations on the history of Kyogen, an explanation of some of the techniques used, and opportunities for participatory learning. Prepare to laugh, and learn how this ancient performing art form still retains never-fading entertainment charm even today.

“Busu (poison)” is the famous tale of two servants who are given a pail and ordered by their master to "carefully guard it, as it contains a deadly poison, "Busu." However, the two servants end up opening the pail and find out…

Kyogen is comic theater which developed alongside Noh. While Noh is musical and solemn, Kyogen provides comic relief with a focus on clever dialogue. Historically Kyogen and Noh alternated in the same program, but now Kyogen is also performed independently, as will be the case in this event.

This program will be presented in Japanese with English translation.

Date: Sunday, November 10

Time: 3:00 p.m. (Door opens at 2:30)

Venue: Amphitheater, Marvin Center, The George Washington University

The event is free of charge, but space is limited and a ticket is required. Please register from the link below..

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This event is organized by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the East Asia National Resource Center, The George Washington University, with the support of Noh Society in New York.


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On the occasion of her retirement in June 2015, Professor Emeritus Young-Key Kim-Renaud, with her husband, Dr. Bertrand Renaud, made a gift of $50,000 to the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures in order to enable the continuation of the East Asian Humanities Lecture Series, originally funded by the Columbian College of Arts and Science Dean’s Office. The lecture series aims to bring specialists in East Asian humanities and cultures to GW to encourage cross-disciplinary discussions. The lecture series was renamed “the Kim-Renaud East Asian Humanities Lecture Series” beginning in 2016. We are delighted that we can continue the lecture series thanks to Professor Kim-Renaud and Dr. Renaud's generosity.

The establishment of the above fund came in addition to the $300,000 Professor Kim-Renaud and Dr. Renaud contributed to the Young-Key Kim-Renaud Fund for Korean Language and Literature, established with the aim of permanently endowing a new professorship in the Korean humanities. With the help of her family and personal friends, Professor Kim-Renaud has raised $900,000 towards her $2.5 million goal. We are immensely grateful for her effort.

Professor Kim-Renaud hopes that the GW community (including alumni) will rally around her mission and add to one or both funds with their own donation.

Make a difference. Give today to the Young-Key Kim-Renaud Fund for Korean Language and Literature!