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Introduction to Traditional Performance Art: Kyogen

“Yorozu Kyogen Mito Performance + Appreciation Lecture”

November 15 (Sun.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Actors: Man Nomura, Manzo Nomura, et al.

This fall, an appreciation lecture of kyogen will be given at ACM Theatre along with the staging of two kyogen works, so as to deepen people’s knowledge and enjoyment of the genre. Featured on the stage will be the Living National Treasure Man Nomura (b. 1930) and his son Manzo Nomura IX (b. 1965), giving a not-to-be-missed joint performance.

ACM Family Theatre

“Rudolph to Ippaiattena (Rudolph and Lotsathings)”

October 31 (Sat.), 2015, to November 8 (Sun.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Playwright: Takeshi Furukawa
Stage direction: Yusuke Hisawa
Actors: Keiko Toda, Shoko Takada, Kensho Ono, Satoru Jitsunashi, Yoshimasa Kondo, Gekidan Chocolate Cake, etc.

A joint performance of a new work by the dramatic troupe Gekidan Chocolate Cake, popular amongst audiences for its tough, muscular style, and the dramatic unit Banda.La.Konchan, led by the actor Yoshimasa Kondo (b. 1961). The cast is rounded out by such established actors as Keiko Toda (b. 1957), Satoru Jitsunashi (b. 1964) and Shoko Takada (b. 1967), along with the younger actor Kensho Ono (b. 1989).

The World of Takeharu Kunimoto

“Mito Komon Manyuki III”

Introduction to Traditional Performance Art: Rokyoku

October 17 (Sat.), 2015  

[All seats reserved]

Rokyoku (Naniwabushi) is a traditional Japanese style of narrative singing with accompaniment on a shamisen. Over a three-year period, Takeharu Kunimoto (b. 1960) has been busy creating an original rokyoku work specifically for ACM Theatre, entitled the “Mito Komon Manyuki (Mito Komon Travel Sketches)” series; this year represents the third and final installment of the work. Old people and young people alike ought to be highly entertained by the upcoming performance.

Future Support Project, Vol. 6


Street Dance x ACM THEATRE

September 27 (Sun.), 2015, to September 27 (Sun.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Vol. 6 of the Future Support Project focuses on street dance, with some of the best street dancers in the country—who happen to make Ibaraki their base—congregating at the ACM Theatre on a Sunday in September to give awesome performances underscored by their brilliant technique. Everyone who attends is bound to appreciate the attraction of street dancing.

Introduction to Traditional Performance Art: Rakugo

Solo Performance by Karoku Yanagiya

September 13 (Sun.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

A solo performance by the “prince” of the rakugo world, Karoku Yanagiya (b. 1971). This will be his third time to perform a solo show at Mito. His shows always sell out.

47th Mito City Arts Festival

Theater Festival

August 21 (Fri.), 2015, to August 30 (Sun.), 2015

[Free Seating]Admission varies depending on each performance.

Over a period of two weeks, various dance and dramatic troupes from Mito City put on performances that highlight their unique personalities and individual idiosyncrasies.

Performers:Dance troupe "Umareru", Professional Foul, Ibaraki University Drama Research Group, Drama Office'99, Kimitojacuzzi, Drama troupe OH-NENS, Kaze no Machi, etc.


“To the Future: Linking Memories”

August 2 (Sun.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Stage direction: Ritsuo Toshima
Musical direction, performance: Keiko Fukazawa
Performers: Tomomi Ito (ballet, dance), Yasuomi Akimoto (ballet, dance), Chiaki Mitsumori (song), Ryo Shiotani (reading), Yusuke Kobayashi (reading)

Staged precisely 70 years from the date of the aerial bombing of Mito in World War II, this play looks back on the events of that day, linking the memories of the bombing and prayers for peace with the future. Especially worth watching will be the performances by two young artists from Mito, the ballerina Tomomi Ito and the musical actress Chiaki Mitsumori. Ito will be giving her debut performance in Japan of the dance with which she won the special prize at the 2014 Ekaterina Maximova Arabesque Russian Open Ballet Competition.


“Black Rain: Yasuko in Hiroshima on August 6”

July 25 (Sat.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Original work: Masuji Ibuse (1898-1993)
Stage script: Hiroshi Sasabe
Stage direction: Ikumi Tanno
Actor: Tomoko Naraoka

A dramatization of the Japanese classic “Black Rain: Yasuko in Hiroshima on August 6,” written by the late Masuji Ibuse, who depicted the persistence and travails of the Japanese spirit amidst the unparalleled tragedy of the experience of the atomic bomb. Tomoko Naraoka (b. 1929) narrates the work as it is performed.

Narrated Play

“These Children’s Summer: 1945, Hiroshima, Nagasaki”

July 18 (Sat.), 2015

[All seats reserved]

Organizer, playwright: Koichi Kimura
Actors: Natsuki Oh, Kazuko Kato, Kaho Shimada, Norie Takahashi, Toshie Negishi, Hideko Hara, Mito City junior high and high school students

Ever since its first performance in 1985, the narrated play “These Children’s Summer: 1945, Hiroshima, Nagasaki” has been put on almost 800 times in all 47 of Japan’s prefectures. The story is based on posthumous papers, diaries, and poetry left by the A-bomb victims, and focuses on the theme of mothers and their children. The narration is performed by several well-known actresses who are of the same age as many of the mothers were at the time they left their writings.

Also, several junior high and high school students from Mito City, selected from among many applicants, will give readings of Japanese tanka (poems of 5-7-5-7-7 syllables). The play and the readings will ensure that the memories of the bombings—which never should be allowed to fade away—are passed down to future generations.

47th Mito Art Festival

Ballet Festival

July 12 (Sun.), 2015

Last year performance

[All seats reserved]Admission 500yen for each performance
Tickets on sale date:June 5(Fri)2015

Performers: Shion Ballet, Mizuho Ballet Classroom

A recital by local children ranging in age from kindergarteners to high school students currently taking ballet lessons. You will be guaranteed an enthusiastic performance.

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