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Karoku Chats with Teenagers!

August 13 (Wed.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

The rakugo artist Karoku Yanagiya will hold a frank talk session with youngsters in their teens, mainly about how he got bad grades when he was younger, and about his decision to become a rakugo artist amidst the great pressure he felt as the grandson of the 'National Treasure' Kosan Yanagiya V (1915-2002). He also will perform some rakugo, giving the audience the opportunity to enjoy classical performance artists from a young age.

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Introducing Traditional Performing Arts:

Solo Performance by Rakugo Artist Karoku Yanagiya

August 12 (Tue.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

A solo performance by the prince of the rakugo world, Karoku Yanagiya. He will perform both original rakugo works and older ones from the classical tradition.

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"Kurai Tokoro kara Yatte Kuru" (They Come from a Dark Place)

July 26 (Sat.), 2014, to July 27 (Sun.), 2014

[Free Seating]

Writer: Tomohiro Maekawa
Director: Eriko Ogawa

A play designed to encourage children to enjoy their summer vacation, produced by a young playwright and director who are getting a lot of attention nowadays. There will be a workshop before the performance for children to experience the theater, letting them appreciate play more deeply.

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46th Mito Art Festival

Ballet Festival

July 20 (Sun.), 2014

Last year performance

[All seats reserved]Admission¥500 for each performance
Tickets on sale date: 6/12(Thu) 2014

Performers: Mizuho Ballet Classroom, Shion Ballet

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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William Shakespeare's"Macbeth"

July 12 (Sat.), 2014, to July 13 (Sun.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

Director, main actor: Nomura Mansai
Actors: Natsuko Akiyama, et al.

Performed with only five actors, this version of "Macbeth," originally written around 1606, was staged to great acclaim last year in Seoul and New York. As this year marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, the performance serves as a fitting tribute to the timeless playwright.

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Past
Kayoko Shiraishi's

"One Hundred Stories" Series, #32

Yukio Mishima (1925-70): "Hashizukushi" (The Seven Bridges) (1958)
Kyoka Izumi (1873-1939): "Tenshu Monogatari" (Tales of the Castle Tower) (1917)

July 6 (Sun.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

Actor: Kayoko Shiraishi

Kayoko Shiraishi's life work is to present the "One Hundred Stories" series, which she has been pursuing for more than two decades now. The July performance will be her last one. Enjoy the mellow readings from the mature actress.

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46th Mito Art Festival

Noh Song and Dance Performance

June 29 (Sun.), 2014

Last year performance

[Free Seating]Admission free

Dancers: Representatives of the Kanze School, Komparu School, Hosho School, etc.

A Noh stage will be installed in the ACM Theatre, with each of the representative Noh schools performing simple songs (utai) without hayashi accompaniment or shimai dancing, along with songs sung by one person (dokugin), songs sung by two or more people (rengin), and shimai dancing, as well as Japanese hand drums (tsuzumi) and bamboo flutes (fue).

Start 10:00 (Open 9:45)

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Past
Isao Hashizume:

Stories to Make Your Skin Crawl a Bit

Sunao Ohtsubo (1904-65): "Reijin" (Zero Man)
Ferdinand von Schirach: "Der Schluessel" (The Key)

June 21 (Sat.), 2014

[All seats reserved]

Director: Kenta Fukasaku
Recitation: Isao Hashizume
Music, accompaniment: Makoto Ozone

A gala stage backed by recitation delivered by one of Japan's foremost actors, Isao Hashizume, and accompaniment by the popular pianist Makoto Ozone (in fact, this is the first time that Ozone will appear at Art Tower Mito). The director Kenta Fukasaku, who has links with Mito City, will follow up on last year's well-received "Stories to Make Your Skin Crawl a Bit" performance.

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46th Mito City Art Festival

Concert of Three Traditional Japanese String Instruments by Different Schools

June 8 (Sun.), 2014

Last year performance

[Free Seating]Admission free

Performers: Representatives of Ikuta-ryu, Yamada-ryu, Kinko-ryu, Tozan-ryu, Shin-Tozan-ryu

A performance of the koto, shakuhachi, and shamisen. The variegated program will offer tripartite joint performances as well as contemporary songs rearranged as traditional Japanese music.

Start 13:00 (Open 12:30)



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