SAT | 25. 9. | 15:00
free admission for children under 10 years of age | 100 minut
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.
Ryūkyūkoku Matsuri Daiko is a type of dance stemming from the ancient tradition of eisā (Okinawan drumming) that features a remarkable style of high kicks, karate movements and synchronised choreography. Young people in Okinawa meet at the summer eisā feast to honour their ancestors. Using drums of various sizes, they sing and dance and pray to the dead for good health and prosperity. The dancing is filled with positive energy and joy.