IJS/JASCO Rakugo Performance: Yanagiya Tozaburo III
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
US Bank Conference Theater, The Ohio Union
The Institute for Japanese Studies presents:
Rakugo by Yanagiya Tozaburo III
Flyer: Tozaburo Flyer
Rakugo (落語) is a traditional Japanese form of solo storytelling in a style similar to “stand-up” comedy but performed entirely in a kneeling position seated on a zabuton cushion. With only a folding paper fan and a folded handkerchief as props, Rakugo storytellers rely on eye movements, facial expressions and body language to help convey their stories. Tozaburo is a master rakugo performer with the shin’uchi title. His performance will include Japanese storytelling with English subtitles and English storytelling, as well as a short audience participation session followed by Q&A. Come and join us in an afternoon of exposure to one of Japan’s classical forms of entertainment. Rakugo literally means a “talk with humorous punchlines”.
柳家東三楼 Yanagiya Tozaburo III
Born and raised in Tokyo, Yanagiya Tozaburo became a disciple of master Rakugo performer Yanagiya Gontaro III in 1999 after dropping out of a prestigious private university. He was promoted to the master Shin’uchi rank, in which he himself is certified to train disciples, in 2014. Ever since, he has performed all over Japan and appeared in the Shoten Rakugo show and other television programs.
Tozaburo excels in the classic Rakugo stories such as Ikuyomochi, a love tale set in Edo Period, Meguro no Sanma, comedy about Shogun’s misunderstanding and Toki Soba, depicting a silly man trying to cheat a soba noodle vendor. He is ambitious in expanding his horizons by adapting Rakugo stories into stage plays and vice versa. He created a Rakugo version of “The Darling” by Anton Chekhov in 2010 in celebration of Chekhov’s 150th anniversary. Currently, Tozaburo is completing his first novel about his late father, Rakugo and theater.
He was awarded the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Arts Festival Newcomer Award in 2016.
Free and open to the public
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