Behind the sceene of The Kyogen Theatre + Wadaiko Yosa-Yosa

Behind the sceene of The Kyogen Theatre + Wadaiko Yosa-Yosa

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Premiere:25. September 2021
Length:100 minutes
Genre:Family, zaner_javiskovy

Behind the sceene of The Kyogen Theatre with The Snail

Even though the Kyogen theatre comedy genre originated in distant Japan more than 650 years ago, it has been entertaining audiences in the Czech Republic excellently for the past 20 years. Therefore, it is time to offer Czech viewers a more detailed look behind the scenes – both Czech and Japanese scenes, that is. We believe that it will allow you to enjoy the show even more. How did the Kyogen comedy come about? How has it changed over the course of six centuries? What is the function of the various acting schools, and what does it mean to be born into an actors’ family? Is the costume a true reflection of medieval Japanese fashion, or does it just serve as one of the tools that help the actors make the audience smile? You will get to know the answers to these and more questions right after the end of this talk, which is about 50 minutes long and includes both video and live examples.

The genre will be introduced with the play entitled Kagyu (The Snail). This play is currently the most often staged Kyogen show in Japan. Confusing man for a snail and the subsequent developments of the plot, which appears quite insane at a glance, may be the best illustration of the genius humour of this genre, which viewers of all ages will enjoy. The play has an interesting history to it as well. It was initially exclusively on the repertoire of the Izumi school, which shared this gem with other families later on. Today’s performance, “Backstage with The Snail”, will offer you a glance of Kyogen in a popular form, yet with depth that was previously the domain of academic institutions.

Wadaiko Yosa-Yosa

Wadaiko are large Japanese drums played during all popular Japanese feasts. This is a form of collective ecstasy following hard work. Wadaiko is not a domain of professional musicians – it is a living tradition passed from one generation to the next. It can awake strength in man and nature and helps those who are lost regain determination. Wadaiko Yosa-Yosa formed in Prague in 2005 as the Taiko-Club of the Czech-Japan Association. Jana Votrubová, the group’s art director, took both traditional and specialisation courses at the Taiko Centre in Kyoto during her two-year stay in Japan. In addition, she got very familiar with the traditional environment and took part in many popular feasts.

Length: 100 min

Year: 2021
Local premiere date: 25. September 2021
World premiere date: 25. September 2021

Country of origin:

  • Czech Republic
  • Japan

Behind the sceene of The Kyogen Theatre with The Snail

Even though the Kyogen theatre comedy genre originated in distant Japan more than 650 years ago, it has been entertaining audiences in the Czech Republic excellently for the past 20 years. Therefore, it is time to offer Czech viewers a more detailed look behind the scenes – both Czech and Japanese scenes, that is. We believe that it will allow you to enjoy the show even more. How did the Kyogen comedy come about? How has it changed over the course of six centuries? What is the function of the various acting schools, and what does it mean to be born into an actors’ family? Is the costume a true reflection of medieval Japanese fashion, or does it just serve as one of the tools that help the actors make the audience smile? You will get to know the answers to these and more questions right after the end of this talk, which is about 50 minutes long and includes both video and live examples.

The genre will be introduced with the play entitled Kagyu (The Snail). This play is currently the most often staged Kyogen show in Japan. Confusing man for a snail and the subsequent developments of the plot, which appears quite insane at a glance, may be the best illustration of the genius humour of this genre, which viewers of all ages will enjoy. The play has an interesting history to it as well. It was initially exclusively on the repertoire of the Izumi school, which shared this gem with other families later on. Today’s performance, “Backstage with The Snail”, will offer you a glance of Kyogen in a popular form, yet with depth that was previously the domain of academic institutions.

Wadaiko Yosa-Yosa

Wadaiko are large Japanese drums played during all popular Japanese feasts. This is a form of collective ecstasy following hard work. Wadaiko is not a domain of professional musicians – it is a living tradition passed from one generation to the next. It can awake strength in man and nature and helps those who are lost regain determination. Wadaiko Yosa-Yosa formed in Prague in 2005 as the Taiko-Club of the Czech-Japan Association. Jana Votrubová, the group’s art director, took both traditional and specialisation courses at the Taiko Centre in Kyoto during her two-year stay in Japan. In addition, she got very familiar with the traditional environment and took part in many popular feasts.

Year: 2021
Local premiere date: 25. September 2021
World premiere date: 25. September 2021

Country of origin:

  • Czech Republic
  • Japan
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