On Saturday, Sept. 29, and Monday, Oct.
1, UF will sponsor two traditional Japanese oral tradition performances, known
in Japanese as rakugo, by Showto. Admission is free.
The Sept. 29 performance will be from
7-8 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville, and the Oct.
1 performance will be from 7-8 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union North Multi-Purpose
Room on Findlay’s campus.
Showto performs rakugo in both English
and Japanese. He has appeared on stage in New Zealand, Boston, New York,
Washington, D.C., and other locations.
Rakugo is traditional Japanese verbal entertainment. A storyteller, the
rakugoka, kneels on a cushion at the center of the stage and depicts a comical
story. The rakugoka plays the role of at least two characters by changing his
voice, tone, facial expressions, mannerisms, speech and positioning. In
addition, the rakugoka uses props to aid in storytelling.
Rakugo was performed as early as the end of the 17th century.
Historically, rakugokas are male.
For more information, contact Hiro
Kawamura at email@example.com or Cathy
Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org.