Title

Educational Outreach Efforts in Japanese Traditional Theatre

Author'(s) Department(s)

Theatre

Abstract

My poster will demonstrate Ningyo Jōruri (one of the traditional Japanese theatre form)’s recent educational, community engagement efforts. The three companies are Bunraku-za, Awaji Ningyo-za, and Nosē Jōruri Rokkaku-za. Bunraku-za is nationally subsidized and considered the most professional Ningyo Jōruri company. Its educational community engagement has been limited to its theatre appreciation programs. The Awaji Ningyo-za, located in Awajishima, is known as the birth place of the first “puppet master.” The members of the company are all local professional puppeteers and musicians. It is primarily involved in providing local performances, community centered programs including the training of local school children. The Rokkaku-za company consists of Nosē community residents who study puppet theatre under the Bunraku-za company’s puppet masters. Their primary goal is to maintain the tradition of Japanese puppet theatre by active participation in teaching and learning the form.

Core Theme

Engagement

Disciplines

Theatre and Performance Studies

Start Date

24-10-2014 2:30 PM

End Date

24-10-2014 3:30 PM

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Educational Outreach Efforts in Japanese Traditional Theatre

My poster will demonstrate Ningyo Jōruri (one of the traditional Japanese theatre form)’s recent educational, community engagement efforts. The three companies are Bunraku-za, Awaji Ningyo-za, and Nosē Jōruri Rokkaku-za. Bunraku-za is nationally subsidized and considered the most professional Ningyo Jōruri company. Its educational community engagement has been limited to its theatre appreciation programs. The Awaji Ningyo-za, located in Awajishima, is known as the birth place of the first “puppet master.” The members of the company are all local professional puppeteers and musicians. It is primarily involved in providing local performances, community centered programs including the training of local school children. The Rokkaku-za company consists of Nosē community residents who study puppet theatre under the Bunraku-za company’s puppet masters. Their primary goal is to maintain the tradition of Japanese puppet theatre by active participation in teaching and learning the form.