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The Silk Drum

The Silk Drum

From and with Kaori Ito and Yoshi Oïda – 2020 Creation
A modern Noh – Executive production by Maison de la Culture d’Amiens

Inspired by the Noh play Aya no Tsuzumi 綾鼓 and its adaptation by Yukio Mishima, The Silk Drum tells the story of an old man who is cleaning the stage of a theatre when he falls in love with a dancer who is rehearsing her part on stage. This younger woman seems inaccessible to him. The young woman holds a Japanese drum out to him and tells him that if he can get a sound out of it, she will be his. She is preparing to rehearse a traditional Japanese dance, the dance of madness, to the sound of the drum. But the old man tries to get a sound out of the drum without success. The surface of the drum is made from silk and it makes no noise. This results in a terrible outcome for the desperate old man. He reappears covered in blood and comes back to haunt the young woman like a living ghost.


Time length : 1h

Stage direction and choreography Kaori Ito & Yoshi Oïda

Text Jean-Claude Carrière
inspired by
a traditional Noh play
and its modern adaptation by Yukio Mishima
Makoto Yabuki
Arno Veyrat
Aurore Thibout
Textile colors
Aurore Thibout & Ysabel de Maisonneuve
Collaboration on choreography
Gabriel Wong
Collaboration on stage direction
Samuel Vittoz

With Kaori Ito, Yoshi Oïda and Makoto Yabuki

Executive Producer : Maison de la Culture d’Amiens – Pôle européen de création et de production
Production : Company Himé
Coproduction : Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris
With the support of : CENTQUATRE-PARIS
The Himé company is supported by the Ministry of Culture DRAC Île-de- France, by the Île-de-France Region and by the Val-de-Marne Department.

The association Himé is supported by the BNP Paribas foundation for all of its projects.
Kaori Ito is an associate artist at the MAC in Créteil, at the CENTQUATRE-PARIS and is accompanied by KLAP Maison de la dance.


• Compagnie Himé receives funding from the BNP Paribas Foundation for the entirety of its projects.
• Compagnie Himé is supported by the French Culture Ministry – DRAC Ile de France, by the Île-de-France Region and the Val-de-Marne Department.
• Kaori Ito is an associate artist with Centre dramatique national de Normandie-Rouen, MAC Créteil and CENTQUATRE in Paris.
• Compagnie Himé is in artistic companionship with KLAP Maison pour la Danse and in residency at Fontenay en scène and at Théâtre du Fil de l’eau – Ville de Pantin
• The Compagnie Himé residency at Théâtre du Fil de l’eau – Ville de Pantin is supported by the Seine-Saint-Denis Departement.