June 10, 2020. A short performance of rakugo in English by Katsura Sunshine
|Date: June 10, 2020 Time: 10:00 – 11:00|
Topic: Rakugo Presenter: Katsura Sunshine
Venue: Virtual Zoom Meeting – link will be sent to those who sign up
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We are excited to offer us all a moment of levity and proud to present a short performance of rakugo in English. Let us get together, share a moment of joy and a little bit of culture. Katsura Sunshine will join us over Zoom to perform rakugo, the Japanese art of storytelling. You do not want to miss the opportunity to hear him; his performance is delightful!
Speaker Profile: Katsura Sunshine was born in Toronto Canada. He began in entertainment as a playwright, composer and producer of musical theatre. His musical Clouds ran 15 months in Toronto’s Poor Alex Theatre and toured Canada.
In 2008 he became the 15th apprentice to the great rakugo Master Katsura Bunshi VI, from whom he received the name Katsura Sunshine. Sunshine was the first ever Western rakugo-ka in the kamigata tradition (Osaka/Kyoto) and only the second in Japanese history, after his predecessor Kairakute Burakku a hundred years before.
Sunshine has toured over 5 continents performing in 3 languages – Japanese, English and French. He made his London West End debut and New York off-Broadway debut in 2017 for three-week runs in both cities. His open-ended run off-Broadway at the famous New World Stages stopped at six months interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic; and is scheduled to re-open when Broadway theatres resume performances. Sunshine divides his time between Tokyo, New York, London and Toronto.
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Ritsuko Fukawa and Ingrid Toyoda
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