Luncheon and Monthly Meetings
December 7, Wednesday
The famous Kyogen piece ‘Boh-shibari(Tied to a pole) was be played in Japanese. It is a simple but fun story,which is also featured in Kabuki. Junko Izumi and Tokuro Miyake and Motoya Izumi (Head Masater) of Izumi School performance at our program.
First daughter of the 19th-generation head master of Izumi school of Kyogen, Motohide Izumi. She first appeared on stage at the age of three with her grandfather Tokuro Miyake the 9th. She became the first professional female Kyogen performer in previously all-male world of Kyogen. She received an award of gratitude for activities from the Minister of Education in 1989. She has appeared in TV commercial with popular success.
Tokuro Miyake the 10th
The second daughter of the 19th-generation head master of Izumi school of Kyogen, Motohide Izumi. She is the second woman to perform Kyogen professionally in Japan. She first appeared on stage at the age of three. In 1989 she inherited her grandfather’s stage name Tokuro Miyake and received a letter of appreciation from the Minister of Education. She regularly performs on stage and holds educational workshops for students throughout Japan. She has performed in more than 10 countries and 30 cities. In 2012, she was invited to North Dakota State University as an Artist in Residence to teach Kyogen to American students and directed performances for the English Kyogen project “Wokashi”. She toured the US again this April as part of Japanese government’s delegation as an ambassador of the Kyogen tradition.
Taroh-kaja and Jiro-kaja try to steal their lord’s sake. Without any knowledge, you could understand and enjoy the play. Literal English translation was also distributed. In addition to the performance, they had a workshop in English with us.
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