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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society – Celebrating Japanese-Canadian Culture

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Noh Meets Canada on May 9th

Noh Meets Canada
(能 Meets カナダ)

Tsunao Yamai(山井綱雄)
Hachiro Tsujii(辻井八郎), Norikazu Komparu(金春憲和)
Fuyuki Honda(本田布由樹), Kiyomi Muraoka(村岡聖美)

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo(八王子車人Victoria
Lecture & Demonstration
May 9, 7:30pm –
Metro Studio Theatre
1411 Quadra St., (at Johnson) Free Admission

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo(八王子車人Tsunao Yamai, a lead player of the Komparu School along with an ensemble, will present a talk and a short performance of the elegant and refined traditional art of noh theatre of Japan. The talk will explain the movements, the masks, and costumes of the noh world. This is a rare opportunity to learn first-hand from one of the most respected players and leaders of an ancient and profound form of theatrical expression.

The Noh Meets Canada tour is organized and produced by the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver; presented in Victoria by Intrepid Theatre, with support from the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, the Victoria Japanese Friendship Society, the Department of Canadian Heritage, BC Arts Council & Province of British Columbia, CRD Arts Development.; in Vancouver, supported by the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall.

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo at UVic Wed, May 2nd 7:30pm

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppetry & Gidayu Narrative Music
Lecture & Workshop

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 7:30 pm
Hickman Building, room HHB-105, University of Victoria
Free Admission

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The Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo puppet theatre will present a talk about the unique style of the kuruma ningyo puppetry and traditional accompanying music, Gidayu-bushi, followed by a demonstration of how the puppets are manipulated and the shamisen played with a possible hands-on opportunity for audience members, time permitting.

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo
Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo is a form of puppet theatre created by Nishikawa Koryu I nearly 150 years ago, in the late Edo Period. It is called “Kuruma Ningyo” because the puppeteer sits on a small seat with roller wheels (rokuro kuruma) when operating a puppet (ningyo). This small seat, and the fact that only one person is needed to operate each puppet, distinguishes Kuruma Ningyo from Bunraku, another form of traditional Japanese puppetry in which three people are needed to operate each puppet. The one-to-one relationship between puppeteer and puppet in Kuruma Ningyo allows great flexibility and realism as the puppet and puppeteer move in unison.

The present company, the Hachioji Kuruma Puppet Theater, was formed in 1872. “Hachioji” refers to the name of the suburb in western Tokyo where the troupe’s headquarters is located.

Nishikawa Koryu V
Nishikawa Koryu became the 5th iemoto (headmaster) of the Kuruma Ningyo troupe in 1996. He has been studying Kuruma Ning-yo puppetry since he was 13 years old. For more than fifteen years, Nishikawa Koryu V has been performing regularly throughout Japan and in many other countries as well, including Hungary, Chile, and Uruguay. Each year, he spends around 100 days on performance tours. In 2001, he performed in the Czech Republic and Sweden; in the first half of 2002, in Saipan and Brazil, and in the latter part of 2002, in the United States and far eastern Russia. Tours in 2003 included Russia, Sweden, and the United States.

While continuing to perform traditional works of the Edo Period, Nishikawa Koryu V is always seeking new directions and fresh innovations in order to keep the spirit of the troupe vibrant and creative. Under his direction, the Troupe now has many new works in its repertory.

The Koryu Nishikawa Troupe
Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo was designated as an Intangible cultural Asset by the Tokyo government in 1962. The national government recommended that it be recorded as an Intangible Folk Custom Cultural Asset in 1996.

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo

Presented by the Consulate General of Japan and the Japan Foundation with the support of the University of Victoria and sponsorship from the
Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) and Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society (VNCS).

Japanglish at Intrepid Theatre Club (part of Uno Fest)

Japanglish at Intrepid Theatre Club (part of Uno Fest)

Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard)
Friday May 21, 8:30 pm * (Pay-What-You-Can at door)
Saturday May 22, 8:30 pm
Sunday May 23, 8:30 pm

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Tickets: www.intrepidtheatre.com / 250 383 2663

“Rich with comedic culture clashes but wise with emotional sincerity, Japanglish is a good pairing of strong script and strong performer” – John Threlfall – Monday Magazine

Yumi Ogawa’s autobiographical show bravely goes into the humour and heart of a first-generation Canadian family. She has difficulty speaking Japanese as her parents struggle with English. One house, two languages, two continents, two cultures, two sides desperately trying to reach the other.

For years Yumi has had packed audiences in fits of laughter with Vancouver’s hottest sketch comedy troupe Assaulted Fish. Now Yumi has struck out on her own! Her unique blend of characters and honesty, make Japanglish a hilarious and tearful Canadian story for all ages. “Japanglish really demonstrates the power of theatre.”  – Mike Vardy – Plank.

Japanglish premiered at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2009 and was nominated for Best Female Performer and Best Solo Show. It then went on to a highly successful run at the Cultch in Vancouver.

“It’s entirely possible that Japanglish will have you laughing hysterically at one moment and tearing up at the next. This one’s the whole package, folks.”Jessica Salloum – Plank

Japanglish is written and performed by Yumi Ogawa.
Directed and dramaturged by Dawn Milman.
More information on Yumi Ogawa: www.star9productions.ca

Tickets On Sale Now
$15 Adults,
$10 children 14+ under,
$10 for student rush tix 10 mins before show

Available at www.intrepidtheatre.com / 250 383 2663


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Yumi Ogawa
Yumi Ogawa

Odori: The World of Kabuki Dance in Vancouver

Odori: The World of Kabuki Dance

April 10 & 11 – 7:30pm
Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC
Japanese Classical Dance featuring master artists from Japan!

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Do not miss this rare chance to see dances from the kabuki theatre performed in full costume wig and make-up. Three master dancers from Japan: Fujima Shôgo, Izumi Tokuho and Fujima Monyo will join TomoeArts artistic director Colleen Lanki (Fujima Sayû) to bring Vancouver audiences two evenings of the art of odori – kabuki dance.

Tickets: Theatre at UBC box office: 604.822.2678
Fax: 604-822-5985
In Person: M-F, 10am-4pm

Prices are $25/$20 seniors/$15 students

April 9 at 7:30pm: FREE lecture demonstration on Kabuki Dance featuring the master artists and Dr. Julie Iezzi from the University of Hawai’i


Tomoe Arts

Global Arts Concerts presents – TAO

Global Arts Concerts presents – TAO

Orpheum Theatre
649 Cambie St. Vancouver BC
January 28th, 2010

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Fifteen countries, 500 performances per year and an international audience exceeding 3 million! TAO, adored in Japan and across the world. An unprecedented and timeless taiko performance, bringing a brand new genre to the stage. Tao are irresistible and compelling and will greatly surpass all expectations. TAO’s performance isn’t just another Japanese Taiko show. They bring together the rhythm of an opera and a melody that summons images of classic landscapes to give a performance with the sophistication of a musical. Their preeminent performance skills enthrall audiences with a graceful dance that sometimes seems to be a dance with the drum and sometimes purely a beautifully glamorous performance. This is a totally new genre, a mix of drum, dance and musical.


For more info on TAO visit http://www.drum-tao.com/en/

TAO Taiko