The first in a new series of public performance-demonstrations, this program will be part explanation and part demonstration of the art of Kyogen, Japan’s signature comic theatre form. Featuring acclaimed Kyoto-based actor Doji Shigeyama with University of Hawaii Theatre students.
Populated by wily servants, self-important lords, tricksters, very human deities, and larger than life characters, the Japanese medieval comedy form of Kyogen is just as accessible to today’s audience as it was 600 years ago. Like other comedy genres, which bring much needed laughter into our lives, Kyogen has also long been a gently effective way of delivering political and social criticism. Guest Kyogen Master Doji Shigeyama will provide an up close and personal Kyogen primer sharing behind-the-scenes stories about the training of a professional Kyogen performer, as well as the training of UHM students in preparation for the April 2017 Kyogen production, POWER AND FOLLY: Japanese Satire for the 21st Century. Come discover the process of adapting text and performance from Japanese to English, enjoy select scenes from the upcoming plays, and learn to laugh as you never have before.