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An Afternoon of Rakugo (Japanese traditional storytelling)

Event Type
Performance
Topics
japanese performing art, rakugo, storytelling
Sponsor
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Spurlock Museum
Location
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium (600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana)
Date
Oct 8, 2019   4:00 - 5:30 pm  
Speaker
Kazumi Hatasa; Ryutei Saryu
Cost
Free and open to the public
Registration
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Originating Calendar
CEAPS Events Calendar

Join us for an afternoon of rakugo with Kazumi Hatasa (Professor of Japanese, Purdue University) and Ryutei Saryu (rakugo master from Japan). Rakugo is a traditional Japanese form of comedic storytelling. A solo performer dressed in kimono sits throughout his performance in the formal sitting position on a three-by-three-foot cushion called a zabuton. Using only sensu (a fan) and tenugui (a Japanese-style towel), the rakugo master tells vivid stories relying solely on voice, gestures, and facial expressions. Prof. Hatasa and master Ryutei will introduce and demonstrate the art of rakugo. Students from the Japanese language class will also perform kobanashi (short jokes) guided by Prof. Hatasa and master Ryutei. (Performance will be in Japanese with English subtitles.)

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